The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in outlining the actual state of the economy has stated that, the true State of Ghana as far as hardship is concerned is when a ball of kenkey which used to be sold between 50 pesewas and GHS1.00 in December 2016, is now being sold between GhS4.00 and GHS5.00.
Again, the true state of Ghana today is that, a sack of maize which used to be sold for GHS170.00 in 2016 is now being sold for GHS900.00 as at February, 2023.
This was disclosed by the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia after President Akufo-Addo have presented a message on the state of the nation to Parliament as required by Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.
Mr. Nketia added that, the true state of the Nation is when a bag of Gino Rice (5kg) which used to go for GHS25.00 in December 2016, is now being sold for GHS185.00.
“Another reason for Ghana’s economic collapse is the expenditure on the bloated size of government. As has been revealed by our hardworking Members of Parliament, between January and September of 2022, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia presidency wasted the taxpayer’s money as follows: The President’s “operational enhancement expenditure” cost the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer a mind-boggling GH₵59.4 million; The fuel bills at the presidency cost the taxpayer GH₵51.1 million; President Akufo-Addo’s regional tours last year cost GH₵16.9 million; Tyres and Batteries for official vehicles at the presidency cost Ghanaians GH₵15 million; A Cabinet Retreat cost the taxpayer a colossal GH₵4.8 million; Payments for new vehicles cost the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer GH₵6.5 million”.
He pointed out that, we are leaving in a nation where journalists who unearth corruption are harassed, intimidated and sometimes murdered, the Ahmed Hussein Suale’s of this world.
“A nation where Members of Parliament who diligently carry out their constitutional mandate of oversight and expose crimes are persecuted, the Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s of this world. And a nation where those who fight corruption are fought back and are even described as terrorists by the courts. The Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ of this world. On this note, let me urge Ghanaians and the diplomatic community not to be intimidated by the president’s unprecedented attack on the German Ambassador during his message on the state of the nation in parliament”.
He therefore, urge all true democrats to join hands with the NDC to resist the suppression of free speech by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government.
“Similarly, a tuber of yam which used to sell for GHS5.00 is now being sold for GHS25.00, while a bag of Sachet Water which used to sell for GHS1.50 in 2016, is now being sold for GHS10.00 as at February 2023. Also, a bag of cement which sold for GHS27.00 in December 2016 is today selling at a staggering GHS90.00 and last, but not least, sanitary pad which used to sell for averagely GHS2.50 in December 2016 is today selling for GHS20.00. When everything is said and done, this is the true State of the Nation. This is what we feel when we go to the market. This is what we feel in our pockets. This is our everyday reality”.
Mr. Aseidu Nketia further stated, “A reality in which babies do not have vaccines leading to a measles outbreak; the youth do not have jobs; the middle class faces imminent extinction; and the elderly are being deprived of their life-savings by the very government that swore to protect them. This is not the Ghana we deserve; this is not the Ghana our forebears toiled and sacrificed for”.
NDC he mentioned, shall not be complicit in NPP mess but, are determined to work assiduously with the Ghanaian people through the superior patriotic policy alternatives and impressive track record to rescue the nation from the abyss.
“Saving our economy also means saving our democracy. So, we expect the president to drastically cut down the size of his government to signal a new beginning. We further expect the government to be tolerant of dissent, heed the calls for implementation of the Constitutional Review recommendations, eschew profligacy, desist from nepotism and corruption, sanction corrupt officials and be honest about the True State of our Nation”.
He said, it is obvious that President Akufo-Addo who continues to revel in the largesse of high office does not appreciate the present reality of the Ghanaian people and continues to live in his own world, far removed from ours that he fails or neglects to appreciate the true State of the Nation.
“It is absolutely important to awaken President Akufo-Addo and the ruling NPP to the uncomfortable, but frank True State of Ghana today – a nation of many living in fear of where to find their next meal, leaving many parents to endure sleepless nights. The true State of our dear Nation no longer lies in flowery speeches laced with political chicanery that never accepts responsibility for anything. Neither does it lie in abstract theories that blame personal failings on events that have no significant impact on our lives”.
Mr. Nketia revealed that, another example of corrupt schemes under the NPP government is the Genser energy deal which is stifling the Ghana Gas company and may end up collapsing the monumental NDC legacy project.
“Under this corrupt deal, this government has decided to allow persons known to be affiliated to the NPP to build a private Gas plant so GNPC can sell natural gas from our oil fields to them at one-third of the price at which they sell it to Ghana Gas which is state owned. The whole idea is to cream off hundreds of millions of dollars in unreasonable and super-normal profits into the pockets of greedy NPP cronies”. As Chairman of the NDC, I wish to serve notice that we will vigorously oppose this glaring theft of national resources for private gain”.
According to Mr. John Aseidu Nketia, President Akufo-Addo’s silence on corruption in his infamous address was loud and was as loud as his guilt adding that, evidently, corruption has defeated his family and friends government.
“Instead of confronting this canker head-on, President Akufo-Addo has constituted himself into a “Corruption Clearing Agent”, ever-willing to whitewash himself and any of his appointees who dabble in corruption, even before investigative processes commence. The President’s actions and complicity have emboldened many of his officials, not least the Vice President, Alhaji Bawumia whose name has come up in multiple corruption scandals such as the PDS scandal, the shady Gold-for-Oil deal, the Stolen Rice scandal and the “Appearance Fee Scandal”.
Ghanaians he indicated, have come to realise that the claim by the President that he knew how to revive a dead economy was a scam; “We are a proud nation; we are not going to the IMF, as a scam; There will be no haircuts, was a scam; The promise to build 88 district hospitals within one year was a scam; The Agenda 111 hospital project was a scam; The promise to abolish road tolls was a scam; The promise to convert toll booths into ultramodern public toilets was a scam; The claim that there was a global shortage of childhood vaccines was a scam; No state funds will finance the national cathedral was a scam designed to fleece the state by the likes of Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng/Kwabena Adu Gyamfi (whichever is applicable), David Adjaye and Curry Summers”.