- Kojo Oppong has called for calm among Ghanaians as the government moves to fix the country’s problem
- According to the information minister, President Akufo-Addo will surely fix the challenges complained about by #FixTheCountry members
- Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also listed some 70 problems fixed by the Akufo-Addo administration
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Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has attributed the country’s current economic challenges and rising unemployment to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That is why government has had to resort to introducing some revenue measures and cutting some expenses,” he stated according to a Ghana News Agency report.
“So, it cannot be business as usual, it is a time that calls for all of us to recognise the times in which we are and to respond appropriately,” he added.
The information minister who is also the lawmaker for Ofoase-Ayirebi in the Eastern Region made the remarks when he addressed journalists in Bolgatanga.
Calling on the media to help inform the general public about the current happenings in the world following the unexpected COVID-19 outbreak, Oppong Nkrumah said the Ghanaian economy had seen considerable improvement until COVID-19.
“…the Ghanaian economy has improved and saw what COVID-19 did to us in 2020, you would appreciate that the disease has hit the Ghanaian economy and indeed the African and the global economy,” he stated.
Oppong Nkrumah’s comments come on the back of a social media campaign by some unhappy Ghanaians over what they say is the failure on the part of successive administrations to improve the lives of the citizenry through the hashtag ‘Fix The Country’.
Tens of thousands of posts have been made on social media highlighting some of the challenges with the Ghanaian economy.
The angry youth threatened to demonstrate on Saturday, May 9 to mount pressure on the government to fix the country.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported earlier the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stated that the job of the Akufo-Addo administration is to fix problems of the country including rising unemployment among the youth.
“This is what we have been doing since 2017,” he stated in a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh.
Reacting to the #FixTheCountry calls in the Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Dr. Bawumia listed several problems the Akufo-Addo administration inherited from the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration and fixed in its four and half years in government.
He said, “…it is very important to place the performance of our government over the last four years after inheriting an economy with ‘no meat on the bone’ on record.”
The vice president’s post generated massive reactions, support, and outrage and YEN.com.gh compiled a few.
Kwame Buasapa said: “The masses are saying all what you've claimed to be your achievements aren't happening and are calling on you to fix it yet you're still spreading these falsehoods. You've simply lost touch with reality on the ground.”
Stephen Baffoe added: “When the fundamentals are weak covid-19 will expose you. You are here talking about covid-19 are we e only African country affected by covid-19 go to our neighbouring countries they're doing very well in the economy. So stop this excuses and fix e economy.”
Salifu Haruna stated: “We the youth in Ghana are not going to be joking again, we will hold every politician accountable for their words. No politician can throw dust into our eyes again. Bawumia is de biggest scam in the history of Ghanaian politics.”
Godwin Odoi observed: “Those talking are not providing any alternative. Where is the alternative budget of the opposition? I have not seen it. And is just lazy talk. They never opposed using the tax money in building party constituency office. They should stop wasting our time.”
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