Hon.Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, Member of Parliament for Garu has said, the National Democratic Congress(NDC) Presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama would turn around the country’s economy wrecked by President Akufo Addo’s government through creation of qualitative employment for the youths, if elected in the 2020 elections.
Speaking to THE REPUBLIC after he had taken his turn of debate on the 2020 budget, the Garu lawmaker said the next NDC government would implement economic restructuring of our nation in a manner that would engender strong economy and upliftment in the general standard of living for all Ghanaians.
He said the Akufo Addo government has wrecked the economy and brandished unrealistic data on unemployment rate in the country.
Mr. Akuka said the government employment figures as contained in the Budget are fake and does not represent the reality on the ground.
The Garu lawmaker said the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta’s assertion that government has recruited over 350,000 people into the public sector “doesn’t add up”.
According to him, data from the Education and employment and Construction sectors indicates there has been a negative growth in 2018 compared to figures recorded in 2016 to 2017 and that, Ken Ofori-Atta’s claims are misleading and untrue.
“What that therefore means is that, there has not been enough people who have been engaged in the public sector and therefore as people retire, the government simply replaced people and turned round to claimed, there is increased in employment. That cannot be correct,” he said.
Mr Akuka added that, “if ideally indeed, this government believes that they are creating jobs, they should’ve been able to tell us as a people the total number jobs they have created over the period but they have not been able to tell us.”
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta presenting his 2020 Budget and Economy on Wednesday, November 13 told Parliament that government has transferred some GHS3.1 billion of Tier 2 pension funds into the custodial accounts of the pension schemes of the labour unions.
“With stronger finances, Government also transferred some GHS3.1 billion of Tier 2 pension funds into the custodial accounts of the pension schemes of the labour unions, funds that had been outstanding since 2013. That is real change,” Ken Ofori-Atta stated.
But again, Mr Akuka argued that you can’t create jobs in a vacuum and that since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took over power nothing has been done to add jobs opportunity, stressing that the Nation Builder Corp (NaBCo) is unsustainable.
He doubts the government commitment to create enable environment for jobs as nothing has been done to expand the infrastructure or structures put in place to create jobs.
For instance, Mr Akuka said the NDC under John Mahama rolled out infrastructure and expanded the structures for direct jobs , citing the construction of Community Day Senior High School projects, Hospitals and clinics , among other projects across the country.
The MP pointed that the current employment figures are not encouraging and feared the situation would get worse if government failed to implement policies that have direct jobs opportunity.
In his view, the Akufo Addo and his appointees are just looting the national purse, while the nation labours labor in vain.
He urged Ghanaians to vote for the NDC for competencies and result-oriented administration that woukd liberate Ghanaians from the economic shackles that President Akufo Addo”s wasteful and deceptive administration has plunged us into.
Mr Akuka said the NDC and John Mahama would once again open up our economy, attract investments, create jobs and unite the citizenry for a more productive nation.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba