John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that Ghanaians would continue to face hardship as long as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in power.
Mr Mahama chastised the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration, stating that it lacked ideas and strategies to enhance the lives of ordinary Ghanaians.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, January 24, the former President implored Ghanaians to avoid repeating the mistakes of the last two elections.
He highlighted that the NDC is ready to handle the country’s economic difficulties for the sake of its population.
“Implementing VAT on electricity consumption will increase tariffs by almost 21% and exacerbate the hardship on Ghanaians. This will affect the prices of goods, services, and transport fares.”
“I agree with organised labour that the government must reverse its decision to start collecting VAT on electricity consumption.”
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is eager and ready to address Ghana’s economic challenges and provide substantial relief to Ghanaians upon assumption of office in January 2025,” he posted.
Mr. Mahama also urges the government to take caution in using the newly granted $600 million IMF bailout to solve Ghanaians’ economic difficulties.
The payout, agreed by the IMF Executive Board on January 19, 2024, comes after Ghana successfully completed the 2023 Article IV consultation and the first review of the 36-month Extended Credit Facility arrangement.
Concerned about the ongoing challenges experienced by Ghanaians, Mahama highlighted that the Akufo-Addo government must ensure that the money are used wisely to provide assistance to the suffering populace.
Despite the delivery of the first tranche last year, Mr. Mahama claims that Ghanaians continue to face challenges.
“Under normal circumstances, the release of $600 million by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the government of Ghana should provide relief to the already overburdened and suffering Ghanaian. It is, however, evident that Ghanaians will continue to suffer as long as the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia and NPP remain in office,” he added.