Friday, 12 August

IMF bailout: Your friends and family’ve ‘run Ghana into a ditch’ – CPP tells ‘peacockical’ Akufo-Addo gov’t; says they’re ‘bankrupt’ of ideas

Politics
President Nana Akufo-Addo (L) in a chat with his cousin and Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta (R)

The Convention People’s Party (CPP), has accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of allowing his friends and family, with whom he is running the country, to lead Ghana into the abyss and, thus, pleading with him not to allow those same friends and relatives to lead negotiations with the International Monetary Fund as the country seeks a bailout.

A statement signed by CPP General Secretary Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah on the government’s intention to seek a bailout from the Fund, said: “We plead with his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that in this matter, he should not depend on his family and friends to do the job
“, explaining: “Indeed, his family and friends have failed us and run the country into a ditch”.

The party said Ghana has, “over the time, faced serious economic challenges like depreciation of the cedi, rising inflation, rising cost of living, debt overhang, etc”, and noted that “going to the IMF is certainly not the solution but the government, being bankrupt of ideas, thinks that is the only solution to salvage this country”.

Read the full CPP statement below:

THE POSITION OF THE CONVENTION PEOPLE’S PARTY (CPP) ON THE MOVE BY THE NPP GOVERNMENT FOR AN ECONOMIC BAILOUT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) is saddened by the move of the Government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and Dr Mahmudu Bawumia to resort to an IMF bailout because of mismanagement of the Ghanaian Economy and sheer incompetence on the part of the Managers of the Economy.

We of the Convention People’s Party can say without any reasonable doubt that the Akuffo Addo- Bawumia Government has failed Ghanaians by shirking their responsibility to ensure that the economy of Ghana is healthy and booming, instead, they have run it aground, with no shock absorbers, buffers or reserves to hold up the Economy, indeed a crisis never experienced in the economic history of this country.

Ghanaians are really disappointed and sorely alarmed. Ghana has gone to the IMF for a bailout Seventeen (17) times and does the Akuffo Addo and Bawumia Government believe this 18th time would create the magic wand that would salvage the Ghanaian Economy, we in the CPP believe that a run to the IMF is a lazy man’s approach to solving the problem, as well as a short term fix which cannot redeem our damaged economy.

The CPP thinks it is unfortunate that the Nana Akufo-Bawumia government need an outside body like the IMF to hold them to a fiscal discipline regime where they will be forced to be prudent and to have a plan aimed at prioritising spending, it means the Nana Akufo-Addo-Bawumia-led government all this time did not know what they were about and they were playing games with our economy, not caring a hoot about the implications and ramifications of their negligence on the people of this country.

What is surprising is that whilst we are in such an economic doldrums, and a complete quagmire what the Nana Addo-Bawumia government is worried about is their inability to BREAK THE 8, under the circumstances, to them the People of Ghana matters not but their desire to stay in power to loot, destroy and plunder.

In the midst of all this scarcity, economic downturn, and poverty they have deployed ‘giant’ Communicators to explain to the Ghanaian populace the need for us to go to the IMF for a bailout.

The CPP wants to find out what is there to explain, is it the incompetence, profligacy, the wastage, the looting or the sheer disregard for the dignity and wellbeing of the Ghanaian, who does not know why the Nana Addo- Bawumia government has run to the IMF for a bailout, everybody knows and we do not need an explanation.

The Akufo-Addo-Bawumia Government should stop being Peacockical and face the reality of their actions, it is time for them to render an unqualified apology to Ghanaians for putting us in this mess and reneging on all their promises to Ghanaians.

The IMF is not a Father Christmas dishing out goodies and everybody knows the harsh, strict, and obnoxious conditions attached to such programmes. In 1983, under an IMF programme, all or most of the factories built by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah under the CPP government were overturned for it to be divested under the Divestiture Implementation Programme. Today, most of them never survived and our country is still in economic stagnation and stagflation.

There is no doubt that the IMF and its programmes are neo-colonial, very imperialist in nature and, with no indication to make life better for the Ghanaian but today this is where we find ourselves, hooked in and bound to the Apron strings of the IMF because somebody did not do their job well.

The CPP is admonishing the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government that any IMF programme they are going to negotiate on behalf of Ghanaians must have the interest of the nation at heart. It should be one that will promote and empower the people of Ghana economically, not impoverish them.

We of the Convention People’s Party are calling on the Government to put forward the best team of economists to negotiate with the IMF on behalf of Ghana, to get the best deal for the country. The Team should look at terms and conditions that would help industrialise the nation, job creation and the drive towards exportation of our finished products.

There should also be a negotiating window where socialist programmes like the FREE SHS etc., would be aligned to the current economic situation in which we find ourselves With the government going to the IMF for a bailout we believe it is time to scrap the punitive tax called E-Levy to give way for pragmatic and realistic ways of raising revenue for the country.

We plead with his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that in this matter, he should not depend on his family and friends to do the job. Indeed, his family and friends have failed us and run the country into a ditch.

Ghana has, over time, faced serious economic challenges like depreciation of the cedi, rising inflation, rising cost of living, debt overhang, etc.

Going to the IMF is certainly not the solution but the government being bankrupt of ideas thinks that is the only solution to salvage this country, that is why we are calling on all Ghanaians to vote out the NPP government on 7th December 2024 and vote for the Convention People’s Party (CPP) to change the fortunes of Ghanaians for the better.

FORWARD EVER, BACKWARDS EVER

Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah

 

General Secretary

Source: Classfmonline.com