A member of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) communication team, Koku Mawuli Nanegbe, has lambasted President Nana Akufo-Addo, for ‘’peddling lies’’ about his so-called achievements in the economy.
He asserted, government’s claim of better economic performance than that of the NDC was nothing but lies.
President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday told journalists that, the performance of the Ghanaian economy in 2017, is a vindication of the decision taken to appoint 110 Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State. Citing a quote from the speech of the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at Legon, at the opening of the New Year School, President Akufo-Addo stated:
“The question that we should ask is how can you inherit a budget deficit of 9.3% of GDP, proceed to reduce taxes, bring down inflation, bring down interest rates, increase economic growth (from 3.6% to 7.9%), increase your international reserves, maintain relative exchange rate stability, reduce the debt to GDP ratio and the rate of debt accumulation, pay almost half of arrears inherited, stay current on obligations to statutory funds, restore teacher and nursing training allowances, double the capitation grant, implement free senior high school education and yet still be able to reduce the fiscal deficit from 9.3% to an estimated 5.6% of GDP? Quite simple, this is a remarkable achievement and this is what we mean by competent economic management.”
But Koku Mawuli Nanegbe rubbished the claims and challenged government to provide the evidence to buttress their point.
‘’We need the figures for comparison. The lies are one too many. We need the figures. The NPP are lying to Ghanaians. They need to end the lies and provide us with the figures.’’
In his view, the opening remarks by the president at the media encounter were needless. Nanegbe also agreed with Prof. Gyampo who called for the encounter be scrapped.
He said the argument that, market would have performed better than some journalists who asked the president questions, was also true.
According to him, the encounter was of no value and the avenue was only was by government to achieve an aim.
He challenged government to show Ghanaians the record of their job creation.
The payment made by government to cover debt owed contractors he added was false because contractors of GETFund have disputed the claims.