The Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency, Alhassan Sayiba Suhuyini, has told The Republic that he is surprised and shocked about the recent utterance of President Akufo-Addo to the effect that “the country has no money in its chest.”
Speaking in an interview, he said the President’s comment is a revelation of the NPP’s nature during their time in opposition and that they won the 2016 elections on a vicious propaganda that was hinged on lies and misrepresentation of facts.
“And again I have always said that the truth you denied in opposition will confront you when in government, and so some of the truth that they denied during opposition is now confronting them. At the end of the day you will hear the finance minister apologizing for something they did not understand or something they did wrong; you have the Vice President going on a wild goose chase and making claims; and here you are with the president saying the country is broke,” he stressed.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a meeting with the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in the wake of protests and threats of strikes from a number of labour unions disclosed that the country has no money in its purse.
“There are some things that should be easy to deal with but will prove difficult for some time to come largely because there is no money. But now arrangements are being put in place that will enhance the generation by the state. The economic situation my government and I inherited was not the best; both in terms of the growth of our economy and the balances available in the public treasury. Many of the problems you are putting here are the results of a poor office treasury.”
The President noted that one of the most apparent problems, money-wise, had to do with leaks in the system resulting from corruption, maladministration and the like.
But Mr. Suhuyini could not believe the President’s statement, especially at a time during their 100 days in office as the government, the NPP administration is making all kinds of boasts about some of the achievements they have chalked in some sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including finance.
“What has happened? Why are they not prioritizing? What has happened to the government ‘Asempa Budget’ and since when did it become a bitter budget,” he asked.
The legislator claims that the NPP during their time in opposition chastised the then NDC government for not being prudent with public finances and also failing the country by not prioritizing the management of commodities, like Gold, Oil and Cocoa.
He said the NPP even went ahead to ridicule the then NDC President Mahama and even likened him to a bus driver behind a wheel driving on the wrong path.