Ghana has retrogressed under NPP Government – Mahama


Former President John Dramani Mahama has blamed the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led administration for the current retrogression and hardships in the nation.

Despite a gradual decline in the inflation rate, the government seems to be struggling to turn the economy around amidst an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout, the free fall of the cedi against major trading currencies, worsening unemployment rate among others.

Addressing a gathering in Wenchi as part of his Building Ghana Tour, John Dramani Mahama has attributed Ghana’s current poor state to the bad leadership of the NPP administration.

He expressed the view that the present government has impeded the nation’s advancement, particularly by bringing to a standstill the ongoing developmental projects initiated by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

“People thought there was development and prosperity here, and now we have lost everything. The nation is pitiful, the country is facing hardships, and the economy is bad.”

“I thought they would continue the good work I left behind, but the nation seems to be retrogressing in development,” Mahama complained.

Mr. Mahama reminisced when Ghana held the title of the black star of Africa after being the first African country to gain independence and urged the youth to stay hopeful in the promise of a better Ghana, as the NDC is the best bet for better development and growth.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) kicked off the Building Ghana Tour in the Bono Region on November 17.

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.”

Meanwhile, two UK-based research firms are predicting a win for former President John Mahama in the upcoming 2024 Presidential elections.

The firms making this projection are the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Fitch Solutions.

According to the EIU, Ghana is likely to experience a transfer of power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

This, the EIU says, will be largely driven by declining living standards, limited job opportunities, and poor public services.

Fitch Solutions, on the other hand, says the ruling party is unlikely to remain in power with former President Mahama expected to win the swing regions by nearly 48 percent as against Vice President Bawumia’s 29%.

According to BMI, a Fitch Solutions company, it is unlikely that the ruling NPP will remain in power after the 2024 election.