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Akufo-Addo and Bawumia made 2023 a painful year for Ghanaians – Mahama

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have inflicted on Ghanaians a year of suffering and tough times, according to National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer John Dramani Mahama.

In his 2024 New Year greeting, delivered at his Tamale mansion, he stated that 2023 had been nothing more than a continuation of years of suffering and economic challenges for Ghanaians.

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“We have all lived painfully through the challenges the failed Akufo-Addo-Bawumia administration has inflicted on us through their reckless mismanagement of the economy, poor governance, bare-faced corruption, and profligate expenditure at the expense of socio-economic and infrastructural development. 2023 had been nothing but a continuation of the years of hardship, the high cost of living, and worsening poverty for the Ghanaian people.”

He went on to say that while many expected the 2024 budget to provide some relief, it turned out to be a slew of levies imposed by the government on Ghanaians.

“The 2024 budget provides no hope for an improvement in our circumstances. A raft of new tax measures have been slapped on us to raise an additional GH¢11 billion from the already overburdened taxpayers. In that same budget, while they sort to squeeze the last blood from Ghanaians through increased taxes, they have increased the money allocated to the Office of the President from GH¢1.4 billion to over GH¢2 billion.”

As a result, if elected, he recommended that the NDC establish a new budget in April 2025 that will include incentives for the business community to generate work possibilities for jobless young.

“The National Democratic Congress [NDC] has developed a comprehensive plan which will be shared with businesses, academia, civil society, and the youth to create jobs and opportunities for all our young people. It will also encourage business ownership and entrepreneurship among them.”

“In April 2025, the new NDC government shall introduce a new budget to support and build more businesses and adjust taxes that will serve as an incentive for job creation.”

 

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