The Ashanti Regional Chairman for the New Patriotic Party, Chairman Wontumi has pooh-poohed measures coming in from former President John Mahama on how President Akufo-Addo can handle Ghana’s economy.
Chairman Wontumi acknowledges that there is global hardship but was quick to point out that President Akufo-Addo, didn’t create the situation.
“All world economies came to a standstill due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Ghana’s economy was performing better before COVID-19 hit us and we did well managing the situation. Now there is the war between Russia and Ukraine and it is also affecting everyone. We must not pretend things are going well everyone”, Chairman Wontumi asserted.
Chairman Wontumi in an interview stated that if John Mahama had any “magic wand” or “brains” to run Ghana’s economy, he would have shown glimpses of it when he was President of Ghana between 2012 to 2016.
He was emphatic that President Akufo-Addo wouldn’t come down to take any ‘rubbish’ advice from Mr. John Mahama and advised him to keep his economic recommendations to himself.
“What difference and positive impact did you have on Ghana’s economy? Aside creating, looting and sharing, what at all did you do for Ghanaians to remember you as a President who managed the economy better?” Chairman Wontumi asked.
Former President John Mahama is proposing that to have Ghana’s economy bounce back to its feet, President Akufo-Addo must Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta and other ministers.
He also proposes President Akufo-Addo gathers best brains and formulate economic recovery plan and must seek help from IMF.
But Chairman Wontumi posited that even President Akufo-Addo’s government would seek help from IMF, it doesn’t lie in the tongue of Mr. John Mahama to say it.
“The NDC went to IMF when there was no COVID, so if the government of President Akufo-Addo is pondering over going to IMF, we must understand that several global economic factors might have triggered it”, Chairman Wontumi said.