A former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Suhum Constituency, Mr Frederick Opare Ansah has lauded the Akufo-Addo government over the handling of the Ghanaian economy.
Although he pointed out that the economy of the country was not doing so well due to “external factors”, he was quick to tell the host of Dwaboase on TV XYZ, Prince Minkah, that the government deserve commendation for being “honest” with the Ghanaian situation.
Opare Ansah who has declared his intent to contest in the NPP General Secretary race stated “the officials who have enough information about the country’s economy are the Finance Minister and the President.”
“They have all spoken about the economy in the past 2 weeks, telling Ghaaians what is happening,” he said.
“And they have all been truthful about the bad state of the economy and have commenced reviving it,” Opare Ansah added.
However, the only challenge he mentioned as the reason most Ghanaians are criticising the Akufo-Addo administration was the inability to communicate clearly what the government is doing to save the situation.
“I think they [government communication team] haven’t done much explanation about the state of the economy and how it is being put back on track,” he observed. ” I think they have to speak more on the government’s efforts for the people to understand.”
He also intimated that during his tour of the country to meet with the grassroots of the NPP, he realised that the supporters of the party are not happy with some policies of the government.
“Even our own NPP supporters are angry over the implementation of the E-Levy. This is happening because they lack understanding of the levy and what it can do for the country,” Opare Ansah added.
To him, some of the policies may look regressive, it becomes feasible and important once it is explained well to the people.
“So this is why I would say our communication structure needs improvement,” he urged “it can be better.”
Ghana’s economy looks crumbling, as it is plagued with a number of challenges, including rising inflation and the rising cost of fuel.
The cost of a litre of petrol is more than GHS 10.00 which has resulted in food and other commodities skyrocketing on the Ghanaian market.
The country’s currency is also suffering depreciation, especially against the US dollar, while the public debt level has attained an unsustainable level.
The development has led to rating agencies downgrading Ghana’s economy.
The government has blamed the economic nosedive on the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but has pledged to revive the economy.