Former President John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned how the President, Akufo-Addo has failed to heed to his calls to organise a stakeholder dialogue where suggestions will be taken from him (John Mahama) and other stakeholders to salvage the economy.
Speaking on Bolgatanga-based URA Radio, as part of his thank you tour on Tuesday, 17 August 2021, Mr Mahama said the economy is in crisis yet the President is refusing to seek advise outside his government.
Mr Mahama said: “It is obvious to see things are not the best: the economy is in a crisis and this is not the first time I’ve said the economy is in a crisis. I’ve made my suggestions to him [Akufo-Addo] and it doesn’t appear he’s interested in taking them.”
“On my Facebook, I posted that there was a time when we had a crisis with the economy and difficulties in terms of financing the budget and all kinds of things, so, we needed to come out with a home-grown fiscal policy.
“What did we do? We went to Senchi and we called all stakeholders and we had a consensus on the home-grown fiscal policy. That was the policy we eventually put into a programme at the IMF to begin to turn things around.
“So, I suggested that he [Akufo-Addo] holds a Senchi-like forum so that we can build a consensus around growing the economy but it doesn’t look like it is something they are interested in but the economy definitely is in a crisis, it’s obvious for everybody to see,” Mr Mahama stated.