The flagbearer bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has taken a swipe at President John Dramani Mahama over what he describes as a high unemployment rate which the president failed to address.
Presenting a speech at the College of Surgeons and Physicians in Accra on Monday 29th February 2016 in an address dubbed ‘The Real State of the Nation Address’, the leader of the NPP said “Ghana was in crisis” over lack of job opportunities for citizens.
He said: “Everywhere I go, millions of Ghanaians wake up each day to the soul-destroying reality of joblessness. President Mahama gave no indication whatsoever he was aware of the enormity of the unemployment problem that faces our country.”
According to him, he is very saddened as he has “never seen the level of desperation and depth of despair that today have become the daily existence of the majority of Ghanaians”.
He described President Mahama’s address to parliament on the state of the economy as a “theatrical show staged in Parliament” and noted that it was an “embarrassing exercise in mediocrity”.
In what the president described as an evidence-based speech, during which some beneficiaries of various government interventions were presented in parliament, Nana Akufo-Addo said he “celebrated the sixteen success stories the president presented. Unfortunately, their stories do not constitute the reality in Ghana.”
According to him: “For every LEAP beneficiary that allegedly now has ten pigs, I can point to ten hardworking individuals whose businesses have collapsed. In fact, the president failed to present the group who really benefited from his government: Woyome, looters of SADA, GYEEDA, bus branding. For the 16 people bussed to Parliament, we can fill the Ohene Djan Stadium with thousands of the young unemployed from Osu, La, Teshie, etc.
“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,” he noted with irony.
The programme was attended by key members of the Busia-Danquah-Dombo party, including former President John Agyekum Kufour, former Minister of Trade Alan Kyeremanteng, and Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and acting national chairman of the party, Freddie Blay, among others.
Source: Ghana/