The investments made by the John Dramani Mahama-led government, according to Franklin Cudjoe of IMANI Africa, led to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s successes in 2017 and 2018.
Because Ghana’s economy is in such bad shape right now, he thinks that the next government that takes over from the current one will need some kind of vacation to get things back on track.
People say that John Dramani Mahama is not ready to be president because he told labor groups he would need some time to get used to being president before he can fix the economy. Franklin Cudjoe responded to these claims on social media.
“Besides, most of the things you listed Nana Addo did from 2017 to 2018 were the result of investments made by the NDC. It wasn’t the NPP’s fault that it took over and grew the economy by 7% in 2017 from 3.4% in 2016. He said this in a Facebook post: “I would even say that some of the growth in 2018 was due in large part to NDC’s investments. If nothing else, the NDC ended dumsor in 2016 and put money into good policy for managing energy resources.”
Franklin Cudjoe said that the New Patriotic Party government hasn’t made any investments while they’ve been in power. He said that all they have done is abuse contracts and overcharge for projects that don’t add value to the economy.
“We were in such a terrible mess from 2022 until we rushed to the IMF in an ambulance. This was because of the government’s overuse of procurement-inspired and highly inflated projects that didn’t add much to the economy, except for the free SHS from 2018 to 2020 and the COVID-19 scandal that exposed the government.”
He also said, “For example, the office of government machinery turned into a place where wasteful spending on unnecessary staff and projects gathered.” Imagine that the office of Government Machinery has seen its budget grow by 100% even though the government was having a hard time in 2024 trying to get our creditors to extend the due dates on our horrible debts so that they could get just $600 million from the IMF. That can’t be cool at all.