The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, has denied any notion that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is responsible for the economic hardship Ghanaians are currently going through.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, Oppong-Nkrumah said it is wildly inaccurate to say the President has forced hardship on Ghanaians.
According to him, some challenges have arisen which has made things difficult to manage but the President is working day and night to solve these challenges.
The Ofoase Ayirebi Member of Parliament said, in reaction to North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa blaming the President for foisting economic hardship on Ghanaians: “It is not true, the President has not imposed economic hardship on people,”
Oppong-Nkrumah further rubbished a call by Okudzeto Ablakwa that the President must apologise for his ‘sika mp3 dede’ speech.
“The answer is not for the President to apologize; the answer is what the President is doing to deal with the challenges and that can be found in his address,” he told Kwami Sefa Kayi.
Following the President’s speech addressing the state of the economy, the North Tongu MP the President should have apologised to Ghanaians for what he has put them through rather than announcing ineffective cosmetic measures.
“Taking office and saying that I believe in big government, appointing the highest number of ministers in the history of this country, the fiscal recklessness, going on a borrowing spree where some of his appointees stood to benefit, conflict of interest in that borrowing where the World Bank now tells us that end of this year debt to GDP will be 104 per cent.
“The President should have apologised to the people of Ghana for what we have been put through,” Ablakwa stated.
Ablakwa noted that “it is the first time the President is acknowledging the level of the mess that we find ourselves in.” but that is not enough to assuage the anger of Ghanaians.