General News of Friday, 24 February 2017
Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram on the tick of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described a mere political rhetoric, the maiden State of the Nations Address delivered in Parliament by President Akufo-Addo.
Sam George believes almost all the things in the address were the very things the then opposition leader was echoing as leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.
President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, February 21, 2016, in his address to Parliament cited among other things how Ghana’s economy has been depleted by the erstwhile Mahama-led administration.
He explained that Ghana’s debt stock now stands at 74% of GDP, and the total debt stock was GHS9.5 billion. By the end of 2016, the debt had ballooned to GHS122 billion.”
These figures have been disputed by the Minority in Parliament who insist President Akufo-Addo was economical with the truth.
In an interview with Kwame Adinkra, host of Abusua Nkommo, Sam George said: ”the President thought he was still campaigning and so kept repeating his political rally statements”.
George argues, ”instead of coming to the August House to repeat the things he had put out in the public domain, he could have touched on very sensitive aspects of the economy and governance.”
”President Akufo-Addo cannot blame the Mahama-led administration for the crippling socio-economic conditions of the country because we left them both assets and liabilities,” he added.
“President Akufo Addo is painting a gloomy picture of the economy just to avoid fulfilling the plethora promises to the Ghanaian people,” he alleged.