Our current mess was caused by govt's poor economic decisions – Mahama tells US Ambassador

Former president, John Dramani Mahama, has blamed the Akufo-Addo government for Ghana’s current economic woes.

Mahama and US Ambassador

According to the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), some poor decisions of the government led the country into the current mess.

Hosting the US Ambassador to Ghana in Accra, Mahama said several lectors are to blame for the challenges.

The former President explained that the country’s economic woes “have been compounded by the missteps of the government, poor economic decisions, the collapse of indigenous banks and financial institutions instead of saving them, corruption, and the misappropriation of COVID-19 funds, which were shared to party officials.

Mahama expressed confidence that there would be more discipline in the government’s handling of the economy, following the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Programme.

He also noted that the confidence of Ghanaians will only be restored when people know that the country is in a programme and that the government will not behave as recklessly as it did in the past.

According to him, government had almost GH¢30 billion in COVID-19 relief support from internal and external sources like the IMF and the World Bank, “a huge amount, which was more than sufficient to handle any crisis if the money had been used well and not abused.

They also discussed the state of security in the West African subregion, and its implications for Ghana, the state of the economy, investment in local industries, and the hostility of the Electoral Commission towards the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The US ambassador and the former President also held discussions on matters of mutual interest to America and Ghana during the visit.

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