Akufo-Addo Did Not Have Confidence To Talk About The Economy – Minority Claims
The Minority in Parliament has voiced unhappiness with President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on March 30, 2022.
In recent months, the cost of fuel, as well as the cost of food and services, has risen dramatically.
The Minority stated they expected the President to inform the people about the actions being taken to alleviate the country’s current misery.
“We expected him to deliver the true state of the nation that reflect the hardship of the people. Regrettably, he himself does not have the confidence to talk about the economy,” the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu disclosed while seconding the Majority to adjourn sitting.
In a speech to Parliament, President Akufo-Addo blamed the worsening economic condition in Ghana on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to the president, “the economic devastation of COVID has, since the beginning of this year, been further aggravated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has worsened the economic outlook of the entire world. We, in Ghana, have not escaped this development, and the consequences are being felt in rising living costs at our markets and at fuel stations. The terrible events in Ukraine have a direct impact on our lives here in Ghana. Mr Speaker, thirty per cent (30%) of our wheat flour and fertilizer imports come from Russia. Sixty percent (60%) of iron rods and other metal sheets are imported from Ukraine, and almost twenty percent (20%) of Ghana’s manganese is shipped to Ukraine.”