The former President of Ghana, John Mahama, is asking government to step up its effort to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians in the wake of recent global economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He wants the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to extend a hand of cooperation to Ghanaians who can help turn around the fortunes of the country as the country marked this year’s Workers Day on 1 May.
Mahama said Ghanaians have been saddled with a lot of taxes recently making the cost of living unbearable in recent times.
According to him, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is ready to offer constructive suggestions that will bring Ghana back onto a path of growth and prosperity.
“On this occasion of May Day, as I salute the suffering workers of Ghana and all Ghanaians, let me also take the opportunity to wish the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, well and urge him to take the measures needed to bring relief to suffering Ghanaians.
“In addition, I encourage the President and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse,” Mahama posted on Facebook.
Below is the full post
Today is May Day, Workers Day
Unfortunately, in Ghana, we are going through unbearable hardship and suffering from an ever-increasing cost of living.
Incidentally, an increase in existing taxes & introduction of new ones, and which take effect from today, May Day, is leading to steep rises in the prices of fuel, food & every basic item.
This will worsen the plight of citizens even further. This is in addition to power outages and shortage of water in many homes, cities and municipalities.
On this May Day 2021, with hardship set to worsen, I call on His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo to stretch a hand of cooperation to all Ghanaians, able to play a role in rescuing our dear nation from the abyss it is falling.
On this occasion of May Day, as I salute the suffering workers of Ghana and all Ghanaians, let me also take the opportunity to wish the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, well and urge him to take the measures needed to bring relief to suffering Ghanaians.