United States of America-based Ghanaian economist, Dr Sa-ad Iddrisu, has said that Ghana has not gotten the economic value of the monies borrowed by governments and that is hurting the progress of the country.
According to him, successive governments in Ghana have only borrowed to waste and not to develop the country and until this issue has been solved no amount of money given to the country by the IMF can solve the problem.
He stated that without solving the problem, no proper development will come out of the loans and bonds we secure irrespective of the government that is in power.
Dr Sa-ad made this comment on JoyNews while discussing Ghana’s Debt Exchange Programme and the call to IMF for a financial bailout.
“Ghana, in particular, we only borrow to waste and not develop the country and until we fix this particular issue, there wouldn’t be any meaningful developmental project that will come out of our loans no matter how much we borrow.”
“It doesn’t matter which government is in power because there are projects that were started by Rawlings with borrowed funds and they were abandoned by the government that took over from him. The same thing with Kuffour, Professor Mills, John Mahama and will happen when Akufo-Addo leaves power.”
“Meanwhile, Ghana is paying these huge loans with interest but we are not getting economic returns from these projects. Look at the Sagleme Housing, money was borrowed to start the project but has been left to rot. The examples are many,” he said on JoyNews.
He believes that Parliament should step in by passing a law that will compel any government to finish the project of his predecessor that was started with borrowed funds.
“It seems we just have an appetite for borrowing just for borrowing sake. So where are we going as a nation if Parliament can’t pass a law that will compel any successive government to finish the project of its predecessor?”