John Mahama is a humble and listening leader – GUTA President


Dr. Joseph Obeng, the President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), has commended John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), describing him as a humble and receptive leader.

Dr. Obeng reminisced about an occasion when Mr. Mahama, serving as Vice President, acted upon a suggestion from the group to fund his Savannah Project.

During a meeting with the NDC flagbearer on Monday, April 8, Dr. Obeng expressed his admiration for Mr. Mahama’s past actions.

“We were among the first people to visit you at the castle when you became the vice president…We talked in detail. One thing I observed from that meeting was that you take your time and listen. Your Excellency, you remember when we were talking about how you were going to finance your Savannah Project.

“And we had suggested that you tap into the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF) which was being underutilized. And you listened to us, you remember what you said, ‘not only one person is knowledgeable’, So, if someone like you was advised by ordinary traders at that time, because he believes wisdom can be found in lots of people and not one person, it means he’s a receptive leader.”


Meanwhile, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has urged the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) to press Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to eliminate certain nuisance taxes introduced by the current government.

In his address to GUTA members, Mahama stressed the critical nature of the issue and called on Dr Bawumia, who also serves as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to take immediate action rather than wait until he is elected President.

Dr Bawumia, in a previous address to Ghanaians on his presidential aspirations, outlined his plans to abolish various taxes, including the E-Levy, emissions tax, VAT on electricity, and the betting tax.

However, Mahama cautioned GUTA members against placing blind trust in these assurances, urging them to hold Dr Bawumia accountable for his commitments.

“Tell Bawumia to eliminate the E-Levy and other taxes now, not later,” Mahama emphasized during the meeting.