Flagbearer of the opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has mentioned reckless election-related expenditure to be the cause of socio-economic problems in Ghana
The former President said this at a forum organized by the Professional Forum of the NDC and the Centre for Ethical Governance dubbed “The State of Ghana’s Economy – The Score Card” to explain the economic state of the country.
John Mahama stated that the COVID-19 Pandemic has been used many times as the reason why the country is not progressing economically.
However, he added that even though the pandemic caused a lot of grievances, that is not the major reason the country is in a difficult economic state.
“There can be no denial of the fact that Ghana is caught in the throats of deep social and economic problems, mounting unemployment affecting millions of our young people, ever-declining quality of education, problems in our healthcare and agriculture, decaying infrastructure, corruption, weakening and politicization of state institutions, insecurity, unreliable public services continue to make life very difficult for the average Ghanaian.”
“COVID 19 has become the convenient whipping boy and has been cited as the reason for the crisis we face now and the attendant economic action. Yes COVID 19 affected the economy and no one can dispute that. It is however not the main reason why we are in the current hole we find ourselves. COVID 19 only became a pretext for reckless election-related expenditure which produced the largest-ever budget deficit in the recent economic history of Ghana last year”
He added that the #FixTheCountry movement started by the youth is a cautionary take on how people feel about the way the country is being governed.
He advised that the youth should be given a listening ear in their quest for a better Ghana.
“The speed with which hundreds of thousands of young people spontaneously took over social and demanded that this country be fixed is a cautionary take on how exactly the people feel about the way this country is being governed. Rather than cynically scoffing at these calls and ascribing political motives to them and pretending that the genuine cry for help from our citizens is a figment of the imagination of some political leaders, we should be lending a listening ear to these young people and indeed to our people”
John Mahama added that the country’s problems and solutions should not be reduced to fancy slogans and songs but rather be taken into serious consideration to improve the lives of Ghanaians.
“The problems of our country and the solutions to them, cannot be reduced to a handful of fancy slogans, and so when elections are coming it is free shs, next election agenda 111. Our problems go beyond this sloganeering. We have problems in every sphere, and so when the young people say fix the country, they are not talking about sloganeering and the partial fix in one segment or an attempt to fix one segment. It is about looking at the lives of Ghanaians comprehensively and making their lives more meaningful”
John Mahama however believes that President Akufo Addo has no will to tackle corruption due to the lack of accountability in the management of the public purse.