Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has admitted that the Ghanaian economy under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo was in very good health before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.
By this, he acknowledges that the virus has been a major disruptor to the country’s steady growth over the past few years and has significantly derailed its development agenda.
The Tamale South legislator has, however, contended that the current administration cannot take all the credit for the feat, arguing that the fundamentals of a strong economy cannot be built in just three years.
“The economy until COVID was not that bad. But now you know their excuse? COVID, but for COVID, but for COVID; Nana Addo Dankwa, tomorrow that will be his mantra and song. Whether he will find an excuse in that, I worry.”
“I mean the Minister for Finance will have to hurry and be in a hurry to come back to Parliament with a revised budget. His budget for 2020 is gone,” he said in an interview with Joy News monitored by ABC News.
“They create the impression that the fundamentals of the economy were only strong in the last three years. Does it take three years to build a formidable economy? I wonder and therefore they must come clear,” he added.
Mr. Iddrisu, criticizing the government for creating some mess within certain sectors of the economy, charged them to clean up now to avert burdening subsequent leaders.
“…..Nana Akufo-Addo and his economic brilliants, you know what they have done smartly? They create the banking sector crisis of up to 80 billion, they pay 20 billion, then they postpone 50 billion to 2025. Where will Nana Addo Dankwa be in 2025 or Ken Ofori-Atta?”
“And then they will say ‘we are smart economists.’ Deal with your mess now. Don’t postpone it to 2025 when we do not know where you will be,” he intimated.