The Finance Minister has come under fire for declaring that the administration has made progress in managing the Ghanaian economy, and this criticism does not appear to be going away anytime soon.
Sammy Gyamfi, the opposition National Democratic Congress’ national communications officer, is the most recent to compound his problems.
He asserts that the minister does not comprehend the English language properly and that if he did, he would not have said what he said.
On Thursday, August 3, Mr. Gyamfi claimed on Metro TV that Mr. Ofori-Atta made the comment because he didn’t respect Ghanaians’ sensibilities.
“With these figures you the (Finance Minister) presented yourself and you’re saying you’ve turned a corner, you need free education on the phrase turned the corner or you don’t respect the sensibilities of Ghanaians or you want to insult the sensibilities of Ghanaians.
“With his own figures, it means that this year 2023 we are not going to see any improvement in GDP growth rate, and that means employment will suffer, incomes will suffer and Ghanaians will suffer more,” he said.
Richard Ahiagbah, the director of communications for the New Patriotic Party, stated on the same program that the administration has actually turned the corner and is on the right track to restoring the economy.
He claims that the NDC is purposefully refusing to acknowledge truth in an effort to mislead Ghanaians.
“I want to say that indeed we have turned the corner and the reasons for which I say this is the history of this government since 2017 to date, our record has been very clear.
“The economy that we inherited was in decline and was in free fall. But in the first year in office, we turned things around and started growing. We did so again in 2018, we did so again in 2019, and then something changed.
“What changed was the Covid-19 outbreak which was the departure the NDC does not want to accept and when they do, they say it did not happen to Ghana alone. And when we started to find our feet again, then the Russia Ukraine war began,” he also said.