Few days after admitting that Ghanaians were suffering under the Akufo-Addo government, the same powerful member of the Akufo-Addo family, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has shocking turned his guns on Ghanaians for complaining too much about economic hardship.
The lawyer cum journalist, perhaps unable to contain the heat wave his admission evoked, says Ghanaians have quickly forgotten the untold hardship the Mahama government plunged them into and suddenly blaming the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government as though they have not tasted harder moments in the recent past.
Mr Otchere-Darko, who is a nephew of President Akufo-Addo, says under the previous regime, Ghanaians slept under load shedding for good five years leading to exorbitant tariff increments, the collapse of businesses; small and large, because the government of the day refused to pay debts to power providers like the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
In a post on facebook yesterday, he charged saying Ghanaians have suddenly forgotten about what they went through before the NPP government redeemed them but have found their voices now complaining bitterly.
The founder of pro-NPP think tank group, Danquah Institute (DI), said “Oh! How so easily we forget all so soon! Just two years ago, Ghanaians were enduring the longest dumsor in our history (5yrs!).
Business, big and small, collapsing every day, jobs, big and small, being lost, and hoteliers and hairdressers working only to pay electricity bills, more because Govt won’t pay its own electricity bills. Just imagine for a moment, where our economy would have been by now if you did not choose wisely for change…”
His outburst comes on the back of his own admission last Friday that there was general hardship in the system begging Ghanaians to keep faith with the administration, as it is putting measures in place to turn things around. He continued saying Ghanaians need to be grateful because but for the change they voted for in 2016, the current state of the economy would have been worse.
“There is hardship, there is unemployment, and, it is fair to say that the majority of our people continue to struggle to make ends meet. The typical woes of a developing economy that had been recklessly managed. But, it must also be made clear that there is a clear sense of direction on – not only where the Akufo-Addo government wants to go – but also where it is taking Ghana.
“And, where Government is taking the nation is the right way and must be made to succeed. I pray for two things: that Govt will find a workable balance between pursuing the big vision goal and responding to the necessary electoral cycle relief expectations, on the other hand.
Again, that the people will have the information and the patience to keep faith with the NPP. If we do not help the NPP to succeed then I don’t know… Ghana’s destiny is tied practically to the NPP succeeding. If in doubt just observe that the Ghanaian actually holds the NPP to a higher standard than the NDC. Trust me!” Gabby wrote on Facebook and twitter last Friday.
Meanwhile Spokesperson for the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has asked Ghanaians to be grateful to the NPP government on how it has managed it currency (Cedi) regardless of the fact that it fast depreciation recently to the disappointment of the business community.
The economist, who was speaking on Citi TV’s Point of View, said the rate of the cedi’s depreciation is much better as a result of some government actions, compared to the previous administration.
“What is important is that, whatever the depreciation was at the time is not the same as today. That is why if someone has been able to reduce the rate of depreciation from a point of 31 percent to 6 percent, you do not just be ungrateful to that person and say he has not done well.”
“It means that given the chance, that person has what it takes to take you to a point where you have zero depreciation and you can think of how to grow up. That is the most important. If you do not situate the argument within that context, you will just be comparing the nominal figures,” said Dr. Boako.
“It is important to also note that in so far as we don’t run a fixed exchange rate regime, depreciation is something that will be difficult to say you won’t see it at all. You try as much as possible to contain it, and make sure you appreciate.
But given the structure of our economy right from Guggisberg’s time to Nkrumah till today, the structure of the economy is such that we are mostly net importers, and so the trade accounts issued will affect our local currency at all times. We also have huge exposures to foreign investors in the country – those who are doing retail businesses and the likes so they repatriate money outside and all of these will have effect on us” he added.