Politics of Sunday, 20 October 2019
President John Dramani Mahama has vigorously defended his government’s record after more than two years in office, insisting that a period two and half years is too short a time to “change or transform the basics of the economy.”
Speaking to Deutsche Welle TV, the President stated that his government is taking the necessary steps and has presented a programme dubbed “Agenda for Transformation” to the Parliament of Ghana for approval so as to fundamentally change the structure of Ghana’s economy.
“I have been in office for two and half years. It doesn’t take two and half years to change/transform the basis of the economy. And that’s why we have presented to Parliament an “Agenda for Transformation” to diversify the economy, to add value addition and not just export primary products, to introduce manufacturing, to expand the Services sector, [and] to increase agriculture,” he argued.
Ghanaians have slammed the government of John Mahama for not doing enough in fulfilment of their promises after two and half years in government.
Many are especially angered by rampant power outages due to load shedding in the country known in common parlance as “Dumsor”.
But supporters of the government have consistently defended its record, noting that much is being done to address all outstanding issues and urging patience.
The President’s comments come at a time there seems to be growing impatience towards the government with regards to its efforts to make life better for the citizenry.