Minority Leader Condemns Government for Economic Mismanagement: Ghanaians can’t keep bearing the burden


Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has sharply criticized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the economic hardships faced by Ghanaians.

He called for the government to urgently implement measures to alleviate the citizens’ struggles. Speaking at the parliamentary session on Friday, May 17, Dr. Forson, a former Deputy Finance Minister, condemned the President for his recent ministerial appointments. He argued that the administration is already excessively large and that the suffering population cannot sustain such an expansive government.

According to Dr. Forson, “the President should be reducing the size of the government to assure the Ghanaian people that he is listening to their demands.” He accused the President of ignoring the public’s calls for a more streamlined administration.

Dr. Forson emphasized the urgent need to address the rapid depreciation of the Ghanaian Cedi, noting that its decline is causing severe economic issues, such as business closures and rising unemployment. He insisted that these economic challenges should be the primary focus of the Akufo-Addo administration rather than expanding the government. He stressed, “Ordinary Ghanaians continue to bite the bullet and businesses are struggling under high tax regime to contribute to the development of the country. What is expected on the part of the government would have been prudent management of these contributions from the people of Ghana.”

He further criticized the administration for reckless spending, stating, “Hardly a day passes without one reckless and wasteful expenditure or the other by this government being uncovered.” Dr. Forson urged a shift towards more responsible governance, highlighting the need for creative and radical solutions to Ghana’s current challenges.

Addressing the Speaker, Dr. Forson said, “While we are happy for the nominees because we know that it is just a matter of time and colleagues from our side will begin appearing before the Appointments Committee, we cannot pretend that things are still the same.” He added, “Indeed, we cannot do things the same old way. Ghana’s present unfortunate situation occasioned by this government does not only call for new, creative and radical ways of confronting challenges, but it also calls for modesty and sacrifice by the political class.”

In conclusion, Dr. Forson urged the government to prioritize stabilizing the economy and addressing the nation’s pressing financial concerns, rather than expanding the government during such a critical time.

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