Independent presidential aspirant Dr Sam Ankrah has called out the Akufo-Addo administration claiming it is out of touch with reality while questioning its competencies to deal with the country’s ailing economy.
The president was in Parliament last Wednesday (March 8) to update the House on the state of the nation as stipulated by Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution, which states that the President shall deliver a message on the State of the Nation to Parliament at the start of each session and before the dissolution of Parliament.
The address is expected to highlight the government’s key policy objectives for the year as well as provide information on how the government intends to address current economic conditions.
In a statement however, Dr Ankrah who has been critical of the government in recent times said the SONA made a “mockery of our bitter and bleak economic circumstances by gaslighting Ghanaians to accept the illusion that, our lives and livelihoods are far better off – in direct opposition to the harsh realities we wake up to every day”.
Lawmakers, especially from the Minority Caucus were also not spared as he described their posture as “nothing but a playful walk over the address, instead of laying building blocks for our future”.
Dr Ankrah is warning the future of the country will be bleak if its electorates maintain the NPP-NDC duopoly.
“The time to wrestle our independence from the self-serving NPP-NDC fraternity is long overdue. They should NOT be the ones leading our nation into our 70th post-independence milestone”, he said.
Read Dr Ankrah’s full statement below:
DR. SAM ANKRAH’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS
Typical of the NPP-NDC Administrations for the past 30 years, this year’s State of the Nation Address sang praises to a mediocre and painful past, instead of setting stepping stones into the nation’s future.
As usual, this SONA made a mockery of our bitter and bleak economic circumstances by gaslighting Ghanaians to accept the illusion that, our lives and livelihoods are far better off – in direct opposition to the harsh realities we wake up to every day.
Again, as usual, the opposition’s response has been nothing but a playful walk over the address, instead of laying building blocks for our future.
Worse still, in the coming weeks, Ghanaians will be subjected to a free-for-all drinking-bar-styled parliamentary banter, which amounts to no change at all in the woeful plight of Ghanaians:
Our healthcare systems would remain chronically impaired, our children’s education and future would remain uncertain, and our youth’s unemployment status gets more depressing year after year, with some remaining jobless 5 painful, wasted years after leaving school, because there’s zero effort by those at the helm of affairs towards mass industrialization. And as at our 66th independence anniversary, just a couple of days ago, we’re in deep prayers, sheepishly awaiting loan approval from our long-time creditors.
Yet, at the end of it all, two situations shall be guaranteed:
(1) The NPP-NDC would pay themselves in full, their huge ex-gratias, in addition to all that they’re enjoying with their families and allies now;
(2) Our situation would remain unchanged or even worse.
The time to wrestle our independence from the self-serving NPP-NDC fraternity is long overdue. They should NOT be the ones leading our nation into our 70th post-independence milestone.
We are exhausted!
We are tired!
We are worn out!
We want out of this painful, empty relationship!
Enough Is Enough!
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH