- NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama has admonished the Akufo-Addo led government to focus on creating jobs and stop the handouts they give to Ghanaians
- He also accused the NPP government of not investing in the productive sector of the economy
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Former president John Dramani Mahama has urged the Akufo-Addo administration to focus on creating jobs to put money into the pockets of Ghanaians instead of the knee-jerk approach of providing freebies.
According to him, the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s incessant desire to give freebies to citizens is a sign that they have failed in investing in the real sectors which could lead to job creation.
Speaking during an interaction with members of the Association of Road Contractors, Mr. Mahama said:
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“This government is prioritizing consumption; no government develops prioritizing consumption. You have to invest money in the productive sectors and the productive sectors would create jobs and the jobs will create prosperity for the people.
“But if you say everybody should stay at home and we will give you everything free, free; free this, free that. All the countries that have developed, they didn’t develop like that.”
John Mahama opined that government must assure the people of jobs. "... if people are working and getting money what would they need free for if they can afford to pay."
His comments come a few weeks after the government announced the extension of free water and electricity to Ghanaians for the next three months to further reduce the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic on the citizenry.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta who announced this during his Mid-year Budget review said it is because government puts the concerns and aspirations of the ordinary Ghanaian first.
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He also announced government’s decision to absorb water bills for all Ghanaians for April, May and June following complaints of lack of portable drinking water in many communities affected by the lockdown.
YEN.com.gh also earlier reported that Mr. Sammi Awuku, the National Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has described flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama as a man who has no blueprint or track record when it comes to fulfilling promises.
Speaking at an NPP conference in Accra, Mr. Awuku urged Ghanaians to ignore the former president’s promises he is making all over, saying he lacks a blueprinting of implementation.
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