The former President, John Dramani Mahama has once again taken a swipe at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his management of the economy which he says has brought “hardship in the country.”
Mr. Mahama is of the view that the COVID-19 pandemic has become the convenient excuse for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government for their mismanagement of the economy.
The 2020 Presidential Candidate for the NDC, speaking at the NDC Professionals Forum on Monday, September 6, 2021, at the Cedi Conference Centre of the University of Ghana, said even though the pandemic has affected the economy, it is not the main reason for the hardships Ghanaians are currently facing.
He insisted that reckless spending in the 2020 polls by the president and the government is the cause of the difficulties Ghanaians have been plunged into.
According to him, spending in the 2020 polls produced the largest-ever budget deficit in the recent economic history of Ghana last year.
“COVID-19 has become the convenient whipping boy and has been cited as the reason for the crisis we face now and the attendant economic hardships. Yes, COVID-19 affected the economy, and no one can dispute that. It is however not the main reason why we are in the current hole we find ourselves.”