In the wake of the economic hardships that have since become the bane of Ghanaians, indeed what is on the mind of possible every member of the public is an end to their plight.
Ghanaians have been wailing about the incessant water shortages and the erratic supply of electricity to communities across the nation. Queuing up for water with gallons is almost becoming a norm.
One cannot simply take a step through the capital city without catching glimpses of people thronging to and fro for water either to bath, cook or for commercial purposes.
In fact, in the face of the energy and water crises and the increases in the prices of petroleum products among other challenges, the progress of Ghana’s economy appears hindered.
But the situation does not appear that dire in the eyes of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Head of State.
Delivering his State of the Nation Address on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, President John Mahama debunked claims by political figures and critics of his government that the economy is probably “sick” and retrogressing.
The president noted that under his administration, even the ‘poorest’ Ghanaian can afford food and clothing.
According to him, his able leadership has ensured the ordinary Ghanaian can afford to pay transport fares and pledged his government’s commitment to bridging the gap between the privileged and underprivileged societies in the country.
“Mr. Speaker, we find ourselves at the unique place in history. Our beloved country Ghana is a nation in transition. We are on the cast of many exciting new opportunities. We are on the verge of fulfilling the promises of our forefathers and foremothers above the destiny of our country and the determination of our people…
“We aiming to bridge the gap between the richest and poorest in our country…The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is a major instrument in our effort to create an all-inclusive society in which the weak and the disadvantage also have a stake in our nation’s progress.
The Ministry’s programme, he noted, granted cash to “74000 of the poorest households in our country” under its Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme.
“This means that the poorest 74000 families in Ghana will be able to afford food, clothing and the cost of basic transportation.” President Mahama stated.