The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketia has jabbed President Akufo-Addo, describing his address to Parliament as a “lecture.”
Akufo-Addo delivered his first State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, telling the people’s representatives the economy he inherited from John Mahama is in shambles.
“As at the beginning of 2009, Ghana’s total debt stock was GHS9.5 billion. By the end of 2016, the debt had ballooned to GHS122 billion… Ghana’s debt stock now stands at 74% of GDP, after all the previous denials to the contrary,” Mr. Akufo-Addo stated.
The President added “In fact, 92% of Ghana’s total debt stock was incurred in the last eight years under the previous government. The interest costs on this debt has also increased and will amount to an estimated GHS14.1 billion in 2017.
Reacting to the President’s statement, Mr. Nketia stated reality is dawning on Nana Akufo-Addo, and realising he will not be able to fulfil his “numerous” promises, he wants to shift blame.
“Stop lecturing and fix the economy,” Nketia, popularly known as ‘General Mosquito’ told Starr News’ Bernard Nasara Saibu after the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday.
“Please fix it. If you were aware of the dire state of the economy and you went ahead to make those promises then fix it. He is repeating his campaign promises,” the NDC kingpin opined.
Meanwhile, Akufo-Addo has served notice he is not complaining, but only seeking to let Ghanaians know the true state of the economy.
“I wasn’t elected by the people to complain… I was elected to fix what is broken and my government and I are determined to do just that,” Akufo-Addo promised.