Coalition: Take stringent measures in solving ailing economy

The Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance wants the government to immediately take stern measures in solving the current economic challenges facing the country.

This comes after several complaints by the citizenry and several civil societies about the high prices of goods and services, the depreciation of the cedi against the dollar, and calls for the resignation of Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, Adu Boahen, the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and reshuffling of ministers and their deputies.

“This crisis offers us rare opportunity to take bold and courageous steps that will not only restore trust, confidence and repair the strained relationship between the citizenry and the government, but also help chart a pathway forward through the crisis,” the Coalition noted.

Dr Kojo Asante the Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Centre for Democratic Development and a member of the coalition, indicated that the government must find ways to cut down on expenditure to revive the economy and gain public trust and confidence.

He intimated that there were specific morale-boosting actions that should signal readiness, which included subjecting its leadership to accountability, cutting expenditures, plugging leakages in the government spending, and tackling corruption in that regard.

He noted that the coalition fully endorsed the call by many citizens, the majority of New Patriotic Party Members of Parliament (NPP MPs), and many well-meaning Ghanaians, who had asked for the dismissal of Mr Ofori-Atta and Mr Boahen.

“The president should urgently take morale-boosting measures by reshuffling his ministers given what has transpired over the last year, it is evident they have not been excellent, contrary to his assessment.

“The government has lost trust and confidence of bringing back the economy despite current negotiations with the International Monetary Fund should be their focus instead of current political gimmicks.

“There is a broken trust and confidence between the government and the citizenry which have to be rebuilt and Mr Ofori-Atta who has to be held accountable for trust-building measures.

“Whatever the government is going to do for us to think they are acting with credibility and serious about going forward, has to be substantial and definite and we are sure there are other capable people who can continue with the work,” Dr Asante averred.

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