- Former President Mahama has urged President Akufo-Addo to tolerate criticism
- That, he said is the only way the president can get the needed solution to fix the challenges the country is facing currently
- Mahama made the comment in May Day message posted on his Facebook page
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Former President John Dramani Mahama says Ghanaians are going through agonising hardship and suffering from the ever-increasing cost of living under the Akufo-Addo administration.
According to the former president, the plight of Ghanaians will worsen further with the blatant increase in existing and the introduction of new taxes as there will be steep rises in the prices of fuel, food, and every basic item.
To rescue the country from the “abyss it is falling”, Mahama called on President Akufo-Addo in his May Day message to stretch a hand of cooperation to all and sundry for help as he appears to be struggling to get things fixed.
Mahama wished the president well and urged him to take the measures needed to bring relief to the suffering Ghanaians.
The former president post generated several reactions and YEN.com.gh compiled a few.
Hamdan Abubakari wrote: “President Akufo-Addo is always a step ahead of you in everything. He has been engaging stakeholders in the energy and water sector to make sure this systemic failure is rectified.”
Amicus Conscientia stated: “President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has placed an embargo on salary increment for himself, his Vice, and all the appointees of the executive for this year as a way of contributing to the reduction of the effect of the virus on the local economy.
What did you do to alleviate the hardship of Ghanaians during your term? You even increased fuel amid Dumsor when businesses needed to use fuel to stay in business. Ghanaians know what you are capable of doing, you want to come back to destroy the economy. This won't happen.”
Badigamsira Inusah Abdul Majeed observed: “Your Excellency, would you have said this if you were the President of Ghana? You our leaders are doing a disservice to we the youth.”
Oppong Kwadwo wrote: “There's no difference between your NDC government and this NPP government you all promise Ghanaians better life than even heaven but in the end we experience mess than hell ,May the Almighty Creator punish you John Mahama and Akuffu Addo for putting innocent Ghanaians into hardship......Aamen”
In other news, social media posts of President Akufo-Addo and the Vice President – Dr. Bawumia slamming the erstwhile Mahama administration 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.
He raged over the hike in fuel prices saying it was inimical to the standard of living of Ghanaians.
The Vice President, Dr. 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.
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. The government has also slapped an 18 pesewas increment on every kilogram of gas effective May 1.
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What this means is that you will, for example, pay 4.5 cedis more for a 25kg LPG cylinder.
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