A former National Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has slammed President John Dramani Mahama and his appointees for woefully managing the economy, and subsequently asked them ‘to bow their heads in shame’.
He expressed disappointment in the Mahama-led administration lamenting that “people are dying in Ghana as a result of negligence and insensitivity on the part of the government.”
James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr., popularly known as Kabila was commenting on various happenings in the country, not excluding some Ghanaians football fans’ attempt to seek asylum in Brazil, astronomical increases in utility tariffs and petroleum prices and delay in payment of statutory funds amongst others.
Statutory payments which were to be made by the government have been in arrears for several months.
An NPP activist, Richard Nyamah, thus filed a law suit against government for not paying its accumulated statutory outflows. The court ruled in his (Richard Nyamah) and ordered government to pay the money.
Consequently, Government through the Finance Ministry released GHC 370 million to clear accumulated statutory payments over the weekend.
The beneficiaries are District Assemblies Common Fund, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL.
Also, scores of Ghanaians who journeyed to Brazil to support the Black Stars in the just ended 2014 World Cup are reportedly seeking asylum in the South American country. According to them, Ghana is no longer a safe country.
To further compound the situation, transport operators also on Monday, July 14, 2014 introduced a 15% increment in transport fares.
This was after the National Petroleum Authority increased for the third consecutive time prices of petroleum products.
Juxtaposing the litany of problems above and government’s ‘woeful’ attempt at tackling the challenges, the CPP Youth activist wondered the kind of legacy President John Mahama wants to leave behind for posterity.
Kabila told Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s flagship programme ‘Kokrokoo’ that ‘those seeking for asylum in Brazil have passed a verdict on our economyit is sad and embarrassing. Is this the better Ghana?
‘What do you want to be remembered for, Your Excellency? What legacy are you leaving behind for generations yet unborn? We keep on reducing governance. Why should someone go to court before government decides to release statutory payments? People are dying as a result of negligence and insensitivity on the part of government. There are several people on government payroll who are being paid for doing nothing. This government does not seem to respect Ghanaians,’ Kabila roared.
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