The 2020 elections must be fought on the platform of jobs for
every Ghanaian. It is recalled that in 2012 and 2016, all political
parties promised to create jobs because it was the most pressing
need at the time in the lives of majority of the electorate.
Eight (8) years after those promises were made, the situation
has become worse, and calls for an evaluation of how the various
political parties have performed in solving the unemployment
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), believes it is in the national
interest to demand that political parties account for what they
have done to create sustainable jobs for Ghanaians; and for the
citizens to decide who has caused the unemployment situation
in the country to rise and be guided by that in selecting the next
President in the December 2020 elections.
In 2012 and 2016, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) fielded
the same Presidential Candidate, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who is
known throughout the country as “Edwumawura” for creating
thousands of good permanent jobs, directly and indirectly in
Ghana. He was considered a “doer” by people from all walks of
life due to his job creation accomplishments that people could
see and feel.
Since the 2016 elections however, Dr. Nduom’s job creation
machine has been shut down for political considerations,
contrary to what pertains in right thinking societies; that the job
creation abilities of citizens like Dr. Nduom, evidenced in his
private life as a global giant of enterprise, is an asset that he
would bring to bear on solving the unemployment problem in
It is sad, but we wish to put on record that prospective
entrepreneurs, majority in the youth bracket of the Ghanaian
population, who looked up to Dr. Nduom, have been denied the
critical mentor-ship needed to achieve their dreams and have
now added up to the unemployed graduates and jobless youth
associations with dire consequences for the country’s economy,
security and democracy.
The PPP hereby gives notice that, the challenges that have been
deliberately foisted on Groupe Nduom companies particularly GN
Bank and Gold Coast Fund Management (GCFM), resulting in the
loss of thousands of jobs, cannot and will not be ignored in the
call to account for the increased unemployment situation in the
Over the past two years, we have restrained ourselves as a
political party from getting involved in what we considered to be
corporate affairs, separate from politics. However, the legal
gymnastics by lawyers of the Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Finance
and their collaborators in the ruling government, to unduly delay
and orchestrate the denial of justice in the GN Bank case before
the courts, have convinced us that the closure of GN business
interests is politically motivated and must be seen as such,
without prejudice to the proceedings in court.
Prior to this conclusion, we had dismissed portions of a plan
widely circulated ahead of the 2016 election which indicated
that, should then candidate Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo of
the NPP win the election to become President, businesses
belonging to opponents such as Dr. Kwabena Duffuor and Dr.
Papa Kwesi Nduom would be “cut down to size”. We now know
that there is fire beyond that smoke.
We stand by our promises in 2016, to “Create jobs, use
government’s purchasing power to ensure that we eat what we
grow and use what we produce in Ghana. Improve Ghana’s
business climate to enable investment in job creation so that our
people will stay at home to help develop the country and its
Our promise “to relentlessly provide support to Ghanaian
industry and our farmers and fishermen using low interest loans,
technical assistance, tax incentives and priority access to the
Ghanaian market. Building inter-region highway with the same
high quality throughout the country to accelerate job creation
nationally and to open up the country for investment and
development”, still stands.
So, when businesses owned by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, our
Founder, go from more than 7,000 employees to less than 1,000
in two years, we believe that our job, jobs, jobs agenda for the
people and in the national interest is under severe threat.
When indigenous Ghanaian businesses are collapsed by an
administration that promises a “private sector-led economy” and
their places are taken by foreigners and associates of the ruling
party, our interest is spiked. We will not take these assaults on
our human rights and economic freedoms lying down.
As a party, we are wide awake and will resist the oppressors’
rule with all our will and might forevermore!
Paa Kow Ackon