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Akufo-Addo must apologise for Ghana’s economic crisis

The former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof Stephen Adei has advised President Nana Akufo-Addo to apologise to Ghanaians for “inflicting hardship on them”.

Ghana’s economy witnessed some turbulent moments forcing the country to opt for a US$3 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) relief programme, which was approved in May this year.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on TownHall Talk on Asaase 99.5 Accra, Adei said the apology is important in order to rally Ghanaians ahead of a potential economic turmoil in future.

“We have a problem with governance in this country,” the economist said. “People in government whether National Democratic Congress (NDC) or the New Patriotic Party (NPP) do not admit fault. I think it is a bad practise.”

“I haven’t heard an explicit statement from the President or Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, that ‘we are sorry for what has happened to Ghana’, even whether things went beyond our capacity, whether it was Ukraine -Russia war, COVID-19 pandemic,” Adei said.

“I would have expected the government to say, things are hard in Ghana, we have tried to steady the boat, but we want to apologise for the infliction, not by us but even by some economic circumstances,” he added.

Tough times
The former GIMPA boss said the economy is likely to face some tough times in the next three years irrespective of which candidate wins the 2024 elections.

“The next three years, whether it’s Mahama or any of the NPP candidates, things will be extremely difficult for Ghanaians and it requires mobilising Ghanaians to accept certain realities,” Adei said.

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