Accra, March 1, GNA – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Election 2016, has faulted the ruling government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for creating economic hardships for Ghanaians.
He blasted the NDC and its leader President John Mahama for incompetent governance and mismanagement of the economy, which he said has plunged the nation into crisis.
Speaking in Accra, at a press conference, in reaction to President Mahama’s State of the Nation Address delivered to Parliament last Thursday, Nana Akufo-Addo repeatedly said, ‘I believe the only conclusion to draw is that ours is a nation in crisis.
‘Ghana is a nation in crisis.’
The press conference was also attended by NPP’s Vice Presidential Candidate Dr Mahamud Bawumia, former President John Kufuor, spouses of the flag bearer and his deputy, some NPP Members of Parliament and the Party hierarchy.
Nana Akufo-Addo also accused the Mahama administration of systematically “plundering the public purse,” thereby turning Ghana into a ‘country devastated economic landscape.”
‘Ghana is where it is today because of reckless borrowing by incompetent government… because of an introduction of amateur and systematic plundering of the public purse,’ he said.
He said the President presented a different picture from what was really on the ground.
Nana Akufo Addo said: ‘It is obvious the President did not want to tell us the true State of the Ghanaian Economy. This is the good-news-story-telling President,’ Nana Akufo-Addo said, adding that he was left in ‘shock when President Mahama delivered the address.
The NPP Flagbearer said he expected the President to touch on the difficulties and hardship Ghanaians were experiencing, but the Address offered no hope and “bore very little resemblance to the reality of today’s Ghana”.
He said: ‘When the President of the Republic rose before Parliament in engulfment of his constitutional obligation to deliver his message on the state of the nation last Thursday, I watched on television in the hope that he will capture the difficulties that face our people daily.
‘I waited to hear him admit that we are in crisis and I expected him to offer a glimmer of hope and ask all of us Ghanaians to help resolve the crisis in which we find ourselves…Unfortunately millions of Ghanaians including my humble self, waited in vain. President Mahama painted the picture that bore very little resemblance to the reality that is today’s Ghana.’
‘Mr. President are you living in the same Ghana as the rest of us? I was forced to draw the conclusion that the President has chosen to tell us a tale of two ‘Ghanas’ during his three-hour forty minutes speech.
‘There is the Ghana inhabited by the President, his family, friends and a select small group, then there is a real Ghana inhabited by the remaining 27 million of us. ‘
On the power crisis, Nana Akufo Addo said the power crisis ‘dumsor’ created financial loss of more than three billion dollars, and loss of jobs.
“Coca-Cola, Mantrac, Cadbury, Novotel, Golden Tulip and several others have been forced by the cost of dumsor to lay off workers,’ he said, and flayed President Mahama for taking credit for the relative power supply to homes and factories, saying “How can you expect credit for resolving a problem you caused? And at a high cost?”
He assured the nation that the time has come to build a new, globally competitive economy with the NPP under his leadership and the policy offered by his Administration to introduce and improve upon existing skills training to drive a new industrialised economy.
He announced that the NPP would pass a Fiscal Responsibility Act to enforce this, and enhance transparency by working to passing into law the long overdue Right to Information Bill.
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