General News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Source: citi fm
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) members of Parliament in their version of the state of the nation address have said Ghanaians are subsidising the inefficiencies of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
According to NPP MPs, “persistent announcements of shortages [of] essential utilities and products across the nation is an indication of the failure of the government's activities and legislation.”
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Minority leader Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu said the country’s debt has increased from 8 million dollars in 2009 to 33 billion dollars in 2013.
He said government has been busy praising itself for maintaining single-digit inflation instead of dealing with the crisis Ghanaians are dealing with saying “Ghanaians need jobs not propaganda.”
According to the Minority which boycotted the President’s State of the Nation address, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has mismanaged the economy in spite of the resources Ghana has been blessed with.
Mr. Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu also said growth in the agriculture sector has declined due to the failure of government to "put in place adequate measures to reduce the pressure on the nation's farmers.”
The NPP MPs also decried the invasion of the Chinese and their cheap goods into the retail sector blaming government for an inappropriate tax regime, lack of access to credit and high utility costs and power outages; meaning low productivity in the production sector.
According to the minority, “these indeed are the hard bare facts of our situation as a country there is gripping despondency and mistrust accentuated by unbridled corruption and people making themselves multi billionaires when they have sowed little. Indeed this country belongs to all of us and when things are going wrong we must all live to our civil responsibilities to expose the rot so that together we can find a cure to the malaise afflicting our country.”