The Deputy National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Edem Agbana has chastised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for mismanaging Ghana’s economy, adding that “the challenges facing the country currently cannot be blamed on the outbreak of the Coronavirus”.
His response on Tuesday, April 5 2022 with TV3 follows the President’s assertion that he(President) does not see any economy around the world that is doing well in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine.
Mr Akufo-Addo while speaking in an interview with BBC’s Peter Okwoche on Monday, April 4 2022, said “we have also the opportunity to have industries set up not just for Ghana [but also] for the ECOWAS market and also for the African market”.
“We now have an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement which is up and operating. Ghana is the gateway to its market of 1.2 billion people. Imagine the opportunities that we are presenting,” adding that “I don’t know the economy in the world that is doing well”.
President Akufo-Addo who is currently in London to promote the hospitality sector also said “The Cedi has begun to firm up. The world is going through a difficult [moment], Ghana is no exception, Nigeria is no exception. There is no country in the world that is escaping the ravages of Covid-19 and also the impact of the [Russia-Ukraine conflict].”
He added, “In Ghana, the recovery programme that we have is considered very credible and it is what is going to give us the opportunity to come out of this period stronger, it is that future we are looking at.”
However, Edem Agbana disagreed with the good fortunes shared about the country by the president in London. Mr. Agbana said, “we have a leadership that is refusing to accept that it is because of their incompetence and mismanagement of the economy that is why we are where we are today”.
He challenged that “Assuming without admitting that indeed, all the countries the economy is not doing well, why must we be part of the worst performing?
“Did Covid not hit Togo, Benin? If the economy was resilient as they wanted us to believe, we will not have been here today.”