- Twitter posts by President Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr. Bawumia lamenting economic challenges in 2012 has reemerged
- Both political heads condemned John Mahama over incompetence and social hardship
- Prices of goods and services have soared amid the 1 percent Covid-19 recovery levy
Social media posts of President Akufo-Addo and the Vice President – Dr. Bawumia slamming the erstwhile Mahama administration have reemerged on Twitter – haunting the current records of both political figures.
President Akufo-Addo in 2012 slammed John Mahama, who was then the president, for the hike in the cost of living. In fact, he raged over the hike in fuel prices saying it was inimical to the standard of living of Ghanaians.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, also in a Twitter post on May 2012, lamented what he described as the “triple” shoot up in the cost of water, electricity and fuel prices. In fact, he owed these trends to the “incompetence” of the then Mahama administration.
Fast forward – 2021- both political heads are being haunted by their own words. It comes as the effect of the 1 percent Covid-19 recovery levy has sparked a hike in the prices of goods and services across the country.
The first increment is that of fuel prices. This follows a directive from the National Petroleum Authority for the Oil marketing companies to start applying the new taxes on fuel from May 1. In addition to that, the Authority has also increased some levies on the price build up.
This will result in liters going up by some 47 pesewas. The price could be more than what is expected as some marketing firms are also expected to increase the margin by some 3 percent as part two weekly receive.
Government has also slapped an 18 pesewas increment on every kilogram of gas effective May 1. What this means is that you will, for example, pay 4.5 cedis more for a 25kg LPG cylinder.
Already, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Companies have opposed the increment. They say it will reduce the rate at which Ghanaians use LPG in their kitchens.
The Ghana Importers and Exporters Association is predicting hikes in prices of food and services beginning May 1. The association links their prediction to the 1 percent Covid-19 Health Recovery Levy which takes effect on Monday, May 1. The association says they will pass on the cost to the consumer.
Telecommunication firms are expected to shoot up prices beginning the first of May. Already, MTN Ghana has sent a notice to its clients about the increase in data and calls services.
In all, the Former President, John Mahama has expressed willingness to assist the NPP government with good advice. John Dramani Mahama believes could help put Ghana back on track.
In his May Day message, the 2020 NDC Presidential elections lamented the economic hardships that many Ghanaians have had to endure. Mahama, in effect, has extended a helping hand to the president saying he is willing to assist in dealing with current challenges in the economy.
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