The administration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has come under fire for the ongoing increase in the cost of food goods, according to Builsa South MP Dr. Clement Apaak.
The MP was particularly enraged by the over 70% increase in the price of dog meat, which he claims he adores, in a tweet sent on Wednesday, June 16, 2023.
He blamed the mishandling of Ghana’s economy by President Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, for the rise in the price of dog meat and other food products.
The NADAA/Bawumia NPP government’s careless mishandling of the economy, I’ve long warned as the global president of the Dog Meat Eaters Association, has made it more difficult to procure our delicacy.
Well, those who claimed I was being theatrical now have their justifications. the MP composed.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) reported that food inflation was 42.2% for May 2023, which prompted the MP to ‘cry’ in response.
Dog meat, palm wine, ice cream, and sanitary pads all had inflation rates of above 70% in May 2023, according to the GSS, making them the primary drivers of inflation.
In a recent interview, Dr. Clement Apaak related a tale about his fondness for dog meat, one of his favourite foods.
He claims that his affinity for dog meat is a result of his Builsa heritage and cultural upbringing.
He claimed that, in the culture from which he hails, eating dog flesh has always been a part of every traditional celebration, from birth to death.
He stated, “As a traditional Builsa guy, based on my culture, custom, and upbringing, and as my constituents would bore me testimony out, my favourite dish is dog meat.
“Dog meat is a requirement and we are very proud of it in Builsa tradition for any ritual, any rite of passage from naming to death.”
He continued by saying that, when he meets with the CEOs of his constituency to spend time with them while on a visit, he is also skilled at cooking this delicatessen himself.
He pointed out, however, that the dog meat industry is also influenced by pricing, which has caused him to cut back on the amount of dog meat he consumes, just like the country as a whole is experiencing economic difficulties.
I cook the dog meat myself, but sadly, the cost has increased dramatically, much like everything else in Ghana. So, after rounds on the days I visit my constituency, I sit down with my executives and we have a meal of two to three dogs. We will keep the custom even if we only eat one dog these days.