President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that his government is working tirelessly to address the current economic challenges. Speaking at this year’s May Day celebration in Bolgatanga, the President highlighted the government’s efforts in engaging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure board approval for Ghana’s $3 billion bailout request. He added that the government has made substantial progress on the debt exchange programme as well as its engagements with bilateral creditors to secure the financing required for the IMF programme.
For the most part, the government’s efforts are aimed at bringing relief to Ghanaians and addressing the country’s economic challenges. The President reassured workers that his government is committed to finding a lasting solution to the protracted Bawku ethnic conflict before the end of his tenure. Finding lasting peace in the Bawku conflict remains his highest priority as President.
In another development, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that the government convert the National Cathedral project into a national hospital. Speaking at the May Day parade in Bolgatanga, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, the Secretary-General of the TUC, argued that converting the project into a hospital would serve Ghanaians better than a cathedral.
“The President has always said he wants to create another Notre Dame in Ghana, so we can attract a lot of visitors, but we disagree. In fact, comrades, it will be better to convert the project into a national hospital,” Dr Yaw Baah said, adding that the government could also reduce the size of its government, given that Ghana has too many ministers and deputy ministers.
Overall, the President’s assurance and the TUC’s suggestion come at a critical time when the country is grappling with several economic challenges. The government’s commitment to engaging the IMF and finding a lasting solution to the Bawku ethnic conflict is a positive step towards addressing the country’s economic and social problems. The suggestion to convert the National Cathedral project into a national hospital is also a laudable idea that the government should consider.
Source: Citi Newsroom