Mahama: Harsh economic conditions unacceptable

Former President Mahama

Former President Mahama

Former President John Mahama has expressed worry at the prevailing harsh economic conditions in the country.

“The harsh economic conditions, coupled with high cost of living in the country, are unacceptable because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition made endless promises to Ghanaians leading to its victory in the 2016 general election, but the only thing the government is now doing is just putting Ghanaians under harsh economic conditions,” he bemoaned.

Addressing delegates at Twifo Attimorkwa in the Central Region to end his four-day tour to meet delegates ahead of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC’s) flagbearership contest, former President Mahama noted that “in the run-up to the 2016 elections when the NDC was in power, the then opposition NPP made fuel prices a major campaign issue, even though petrol was sold at just GH¢14.

“The NPP further claimed that the price of petrol could be reduced by GH¢8 which was a tax component and it was possible to sell petrol at GH¢6 at the time, today how much is the price of petrol?  It is possible for people to win elections through a campaign of lies and deceit but that cannot govern a country.

“I assure you hope is not lost as I am coming back in 2020 to work towards a reduction in the cost of living and harsh economic conditions and I urge the NDC executives to make unity and building of party structures strong pillars for victory in 2020,” former President Mahama adviced.

Relatedly, the former President yesterday began a five-day campaign tour of the Northern Region ahead of the party’s December flagbearer polls as Mr Mahama bids to take a second shot at the presidency in 2020.

During the five-day tour, he will visit every constituency in the region to interact with delegates of the party, remind them of the importance of the upcoming flagbearer primary and encourage them to participate.

Former President Mahama will also urge party members to work together following the constituency and regional executive elections of the party, is the second region he will be visiting following a similar one to the Central Region last week.

He has promised to work towards reduction in the high cost of living as well as provide jobs and complete projects started by his government which have been ‘abandoned.’

FROM TIMES REPORTER, TWIFO ATTIMORKWA

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