Current economic hardships becoming unbearable for Ghanaians – Catholic Bishops

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    The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference says the current economic hardships the country finds itself in is becoming too much for Ghanaians to bear.

    The Catholic Bishops thus called on the government to double its efforts in stabilizing the economy and restoring it back on a better trajectory to bring respite to Ghanaians.

    This was captured in a communiqué issued by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference at the end of its annual plenary assembly held in Sunyani in the Bono Region from November 6-18, 2023.

    “We acknowledge the current global economic crisis, which has affected the growth of the economy of our country. We also appreciate the effort that government has made so far to handle the impact of the crisis on Ghanaians. It is however true that, we as a country have not been able to manage our economy well. This has contributed to the current economic woes in which we find ourselves. We have had to resort again to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”

    “The current economic hardships are becoming unbearable for Ghanaians. We call on government to take urgent steps to stabilize the economy to bring relief to many Ghanaians who have to bear with the current difficulties.”

    The Catholic Bishops also called on the government to use the right approach in implementing policies, reduce its size, minimize waste, promote the common good, and review and remove all abuses related to benefits in Article 71 of the Constitution of Ghana.

    “In line with the theme of our Plenary Assembly, we call on all Ghanaians to commit themselves to issues of national concern in the spirit of co-responsibility. In this light, we encourage citizens to bear their fair share of sacrifice for the sake of the next generation.”

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    Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, has slammed the governing New Patriotic Party’s 2024 ‘Nkunim Budget’, tagging it as nothing but “cheap sloganeering” that fails to address the real problems facing Ghanaians.

    Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Gyamfi said the government has consistently presented Ghanaians with “sweet rhetorics” but has failed to deliver on its promises.

    He pointed to the government’s signature economic policies, such as Asempa, Nkosuo, Mpomtuo, Adwuma Pa, and Agyenkwa, which he said have had little impact on the lives of ordinary Ghanaians.

    Gyamfi further criticized the government’s handling of the economy, which he said has been characterized by rising inflation, high cost of living, and a depreciating currency.

    He called on the government to focus on concrete measures to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians instead of engaging in “cheap sloganeering.”

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    “This is the government that majors in cheap sloganeering instead of dealing with the concrete things that plague the people of this country. After presenting us all these sweet rhetorics- Asempa, Nkosuo, Mpomtuo, Adwuma Pa, Agyenkwa,  what is the state of the Ghanaian economy today?”

    “After presenting us with all these sweet rhetorics, thousands and millions of young people are sitting home. Unemployment has gone up astronomically.”

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