How Akufo-Addo missed an Opportunity to let Ghanaians celebrate him – Okudzeto Ablakwa
"Just imagine how President Akufo-Addo would have been celebrated by Ghanaians tonight if he had been apologetic"
The Honourable Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has accused President Akufo-Addo of gradually losing his sense of compassion for the citizenry and is thus making himself unpopular.
The MP said this in a facebook post on, Sunday, October 30, 2022,
He made the post shortly after the President addressed Ghanaians on the government’s plans to revive the economic shocks bedeviling the nation.
“Just imagine how President Akufo-Addo would have been celebrated by Ghanaians tonight if he had been apologetic,” his post read.
Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa was shocked at how the president boycotted the main issues that is causing the fall of the Ghanaian economy and what the citizen would want to hear. Rather, he said the president made statements about money and noise.
“Where there is chaos, where there is noise, where there is unrest, you will not find money” the president stated in his speech on Sunday night. But this did not seem to sit well with the MP and the general Ghanaian society.
See the post below:
Just imagine how President Akufo-Addo would have been celebrated by Ghanaians tonight if he said the following:
1. I am sorry for the economic difficulties I have imposed on you;
2. I have with immediate effect fired Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen;
3. I am reducing the size of my government by 40%;
4. I am slashing taxes on petroleum products;
5. I am instituting regular meetings with Ghana’s only 2 surviving former Presidents: President Kufuor and President Mahama to share their rich experiences and insights with me as we navigate this crisis;
6. I publicly commit not to charter a €20,000 an hour luxury jet for the rest of my term;
7. I suspend all ex-gratia payments and would be reviewing Article 71 together with comprehensive constitutional amendments;
8. My Cathedral Project is hereby suspended;
9. I am establishing a special task force to assist the Auditor-General in retrieving the billions of Ghana Cedis misappropriated by public officials;
10. I will revive TOR within the next 6 months so we can refine our own crude, attain better fuel prices on the domestic market and create more jobs;
11. I am initiating steps to build our own gold refinery;
12. I have requested all retirees to go home in order to create hundreds of jobs for the youth;
13. I am initiating steps to renegotiate all existing contracts in the extractive sector;
14. I have dissolved the Economic Management Team and would be reconstituting a new one to feature prominent Ghanaians regardless of how critical they have been of my leadership. I shall reach out to Kwame Pianim, Sam Jonah, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, Prof. Godfred Bokpin, and a host of others;
15. I shall comply with Article 36(5) of the 1992 Constitution and present my vision and coordinated programme to Parliament this week;
By Gertrude Edem Amuzu