General News of Friday, 28 September 2018
Source: James Agyenim-Boateng
Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed concern at the prevailing harsh economic conditions in the country.
Addressing delegates at Praso in the Twifo Attimorkwa constituency in the Central Region, Mr Mahama said the harsh economic conditions, coupled with high cost of living in the country, is unacceptable.
He said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition made endless promises to Ghanaians leading to its victory in the 2016 general elections, but the only thing the government is now doing is just putting Ghanaians under harsh economic conditions.
Mr Mahama said, in the run-up to the 2016 elections when the NDC was in power, the then opposition NPP made fuel prices a major campaign issue, even though petrol was sold at just GHC14.
The NPP further claimed that the price of petrol could be reduced by GHC8 which was a tax component and that it was possible to sell petrol at GHC6 at the time, Mr Mahama said.
“Today how much is the price of petrol?’, the former President asked, amidst rapturous response from the delegates.
He said it is possible for people to win elections through a campaign of lies and deceit but that cannot govern a country.
Mr Mahama assured the delegates that hope is not lost as he is coming back in 2020 to work towards a reduction in the cost of living and harsh economic conditions.
He is therefore urging the NDC executives to make unity and building of party structures strong pillars for victory in 2020.
Mr Mahama is on a four-day tour of the Central Region to meet with delegates ahead of the NDC’s flagbearership contest.