Following the government’s decision to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help revive Ghana’s ailing economy, President Nana Akufo-Akufo has been urged to address Ghanaians.
Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Mampong Constituency Francis Addai Nimoh, who made this appeal on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, stated that President Akufo-Addo has the right to speak to Ghanaians because he is leading the taskforce in talks with the IMF team.
“Akufo-Addo should have the courage to speak to Ghanaians about the IMF and tell the true nature of the economy as negotiations are underway, and so at this stage, he is the person we want to listen to, not his vice president or ministers,” he said.
However, the former NPP presidential candidate admitted that there is hardship in the country and that the country’s major challenge is massive debt, and that going to the IMF was a step in the right direction.
There is difficulty in the system. The heat is getting to people. As a party and as a government, let us not play with words. Whatever we do, we will be present at the IMF. We must depoliticize the IMF issue because it is a national one. People are free to say that this government, like John Mahama, is incompetent,” he said.
On Tuesday, July 5, Ghanaians were informed that Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will speak on Thursday, July 14, about the country’s decision to seek an IMF bailout.
Gabby Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party, revealed this in a tweet.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, he says, will speak as a Guest of Honour at the official launch of an event in Ireland organized by the Accra Business School and South East Technological University.
Meanwhile, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will begin a series of meetings with government officials on Ghana’s economic recovery program on Wednesday, July 6.