We’re fixing economy, current hardship will be history soon – Kodua Frimpong

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The General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Justin Kodua Frimpong, says the NPP’s record of reviving and improving Ghana’s economy is incomparable.

During a press conference on Thursday to discuss the modalities of the November 4 presidential elections of the NPP, Kodua indicated that between his party and the National Democratic Congress, the NPP stands out with regard to improving the economy.

“When it comes to managing Ghana’s economy, our opponents do not have a comparable record. It is the case that today, the NDC feels emboldened because COVID-19 and Russia-Ukraine War have vanquished the gains we made immediately upon taking over on 7th January 2017.”

Kodua further praised the economic and managerial prowess of former President Kufuor and the current President, Akufo-Addo.

“Under President John Agyekum Kufuor, from 7th January 2001 to 7th January 2009, the NPP pulled Ghana’s economy out of the stagnation the NDC left. Again, under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, we grew the economy on average 7 percent from another NDC stagnation for three consecutive years before the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s War in Ukraine. The truth is that we are fixing the economy, and soon, the hardships of today will be history. The assurance to Ghanaians that we will regenerate the economy is manifest in our record.”

Meanwhile, one other stalwart of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Arthur Kennedy, has taken a swipe at the government, stating that it will soon use the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse for Ghana’s economic mess.

The US-based physician, in an interview with Selorm Adonoo on The Point of View on Citi TV criticized the government and its communicators for continuously attributing Ghana’s economic woes to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the Russian-Ukraine war.

Dr. Arthur Kennedy told Selorm Adonoo that the government and the NPP as a whole will soon run out of excuses and find a comfy seat to attribute the current hardship to the outbreak of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I have heard that very soon, the NPP [government] will add the Israeli-Palestinian war to the list of excuses [it already has]. Let’s be serious: as a result of COVID-19, the government received $3 billion from external funders. In addition to that, the government imposed a COVID tax that it has yet to remove, yet we keep making COVID the excuse.”

He also touched on the NPP’s flagbearer primary, which he indicated has exposed the weaknesses and threats to the party’s democratic principles.

“The NPP had a weak hand even before the primary season started because of the government’s record. Not only that, the primary process has discredited the government and the party in terms of our openness and alignment with our democratic principles.”

“Kennedy Agyapong has done more damage to the credibility of the NPP than Alan did by leaving.”

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