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Don’t talk about the problems without offering solutions – Presidential staffer tells Mahama


Presidential Staffer, Dennis Miracles Aboagye says former President John Dramani Mahama, should not only talk about the country’s challenges but include the solutions the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) must adopt in resolving them.

According to him, it is unfair to the ruling government for the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flagbearer to only highlight the problems without providing possible solutions.

In an interview on the Pulse on JoyNews, he said “It is very easy for the former President to just recount the obvious challenges and difficulties. That is very easy. What he fails to do is to give a clear indication as to what is being done to resolve this challenge that is part of the global economic difficulties that all other countries are going through. And how he believes he has a superior alternative to what we are trying to put in place to resolve some of these things.”

Mr Aboagye’s comments follow the assertion by the NDC flagbearer that President Akufo-Addo’s administration is steering Ghana into economic turmoil.

Mr Mahama said President Akufo-Addo’s decision to discard the 40-year National Development Plan, crafted during his tenure has left the country in a dire state.

The former President said this while he was explaining how the NDC’s 24-hour economy proposal, which he said flows from the 40-year National Development Plan would change the country’s trajectory.

But, the presidential staffer insists there is no country in the world today that is not going through difficulties.

“If he acknowledges the primary cause of this challenge, we can all work together to be able to resolve some of these things, it is not enough for him to just recount. It is important for you to tell us how you believe you have a superior alternative to what is being put in place to resolve this once and for all,” he said.

He emphasised that there has been an improvement in the economic situation, as the challenges the country faced in 2023 were not the same as those challenges faced in the second part of 2022.

Mr Aboagye justified the claim with the assertion that “We had seen some improvement from where we were in 2022 and today that is why you see some stability in terms of our cedi against the dollar since January till now unlike what we experienced between March 2022 and December 2022. Today the dollar that went all the way to about GH₵17 somewhere in November 2022 is around GH₵12 in 2023. That shows an improvement from where we were.”

Again, he added that the prices of fuel and goods went high at the end of 2022. However, there has been a decline in 2023 because of policies the government has put in place, like the gold for oil deal.

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