Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo claims the cost of electricity per month for ordinary Ghanaians is now more expensive than the rent charged per month.
According to the NPP flagbearer, Ghanaians are now undergoing a self-imposed load shedding programme as a result of the unbearable utility tariffs imposed on them by Mahama government, caused by eight years of economic mismanagement.
“Can you believe that today in Ghana, for the ordinary Ghanaian, the cost of electricity is more than the cost of their rent? So forget even ‘dumsor’, it is now ‘yɛnsor’, because you can’t afford to pay. That is where we are,” he lamented.
Inaugurating the South African branch of the NPP on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Illovo in Johannesburg, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that Ghana has been on the decline ever since the NPP administration headed by President Kufuor left office in January 2009, evident in the country’s growth rates then and now.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, at the end of President Kufuor’s tenure, Ghana was growing at a rate of 8.4%, without the benefit of oil. However, with oil revenues coming on stream, the Mahama government is growing Ghana at a rate of 3.9%.
“These are the stark facts, they are not inventions of Akufo-Addo or NPP. They are the official statistics of our country. If you want any indication of how bad the decline has been, these two statistics will tell you all you need to know,” he said.
He added: “Businesses are collapsing, unemployment is at the highest ever in our history, the NHIS has collapsed, and educational sector having great difficulties. Especially for those of us in political office or any prominent office, you have to run away from your house. The number of people who come to your house asking for school fees is mind-boggling, because it is no longer possible for ordinary people to bear the educational costs of their children. You just feel like crying that our country has gotten to this situation. That is how bad things have become.”
With government functionaries, apologists and propagandists quick to point to the so-called ‘global economic crunch’ and falling commodity prices as the reasons for the decline in growth of the economy and rising hardships, Nana Akufo-Addo was quick to point to the “boom” occurring in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire – a country identical to Ghana in terms of geography, and though smaller in land size and population compared to Ghana.
Though Cote d’Ivoire in 2010 experienced civil war as a result of a disputed election, which led to the deaths of 3,000 people and displaced over 100,000 citizens, most of whom came to Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that “[President Alassane] Ouattara’s leadership has been such that Cote d’Ivoire has been growing at 8% to 9% over the last five years. Whilst we have been going like this (declining), they are going like that (experiencing a boom).”
The NPP flagbearer was unequivocal about the fact that “it can’t continue like this for us in Ghana, because we have the resources, both the human and material resources, to do so much better for our country than what is going on now. And I, for one, and the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians are saying enough is enough. It is time for a change in Ghana.”