Mr John Afful, a communication member of the Greater Accra regional chapter of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)has said, cost of living in the country has soared by 100 percent under President Nana Akufo Addo administration.
According to him, “Under President Akufo Addo suppressive government, families have experienced the worst form of hardship with prices of food items, essential goods and services, skyrocketing beyond the reach of average citizens.”
In an interview with THE REPUBLIC, Mr Afful, lamented that the prices of food and other essential services had increased rapidly beyond the reach of average citizens.
The Akufo Addo-led administration, he stated had made living more difficult for Ghanaians, as the economy had worsened and people could not afford Garri or even Cocoanut.
“Staple foods, such as rice which sold at GHC150 per 25kg bag under the NDC , now sell above GHS200.00, a measure (Aloka) of garri and beans, which sold at GHS7.00 and GHS10.00, now go for GHS12.00 and GHS15.00 respectively. A kilo of frozen chicken and beef, which sold for GHS9.00 now, sells for GHS15.00, a bag of cement, which sold at GHS25.00 now goes for GHS35.00, fuel price has been increased many time, cost of transport, NHIS collapsed and other essential services have all soared by over 100 percent.
“Under President Akufo Addo’s incompetent administration, bloodletting has become the order of the day, our nation has become a killing field for Journalists where the government cannot guarantee the safety of citizens.
“It is, therefore, a condemnable slap on the sensibilities of Ghanaians that instead of being apologetic for the abysmal performance of his administration, President Akufo Addo is rather engaged in plagiarizing other countries building for his Ghana Beyond Aid and cosmetic free senior high school stunts.
“The fact is that the Akufo Addo-led NPP government has overstretched the forbearance of Ghanaians with its crass disdain to their suffering, for which they will deploy every legitimate measure to vote him out and return the NDC, come 2020.”, Mr Afful said.
The NDC Communicator condemned President Akufo for neglecting the recent flood victims and also not doing much to ride Accra off of filth as promised to make it the cleanest city in Africa.
Mr Afful noted with the level of hardship in the country, NDC need to remobilize its grassroots base and drum home the achievement of the party and what it could do when giving power again.
Currently, he said the NDC is the alternative party to rescue Ghanaians from the hardship imposed by the NPP, stressing that Ghanaians are descending enough and have now realized the true difference between the NDC and the NPP when it come to good governance and that, NPP is the only political party that have appetite for deceptive politics in the country.
He further expressed the conviction that, NDC would reclaim power come 2020 elections, but cautioned that the party should not underrate the NPP with negative propaganda and work hard to reorganise the grassroots members.
Mr Afful urged members to adopt a branch and former appointees adopt a constituency to mobile the grassroots to ensure a resounding victory in 2020 elections..
He further urged NDC members to close ranks and work hard to rescue Ghanaians from hardship economy.