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General News of Tuesday, 18 December 2018


Stop dancing to IMF praises, they don’t vote in Ghana – Ken Agyapong warns Akufo-Addo

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong

Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has advised the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to stop dancing to the praises of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Managing Director of the Bretton Woods institution, Ms Christine Lagarde observed during a visit to Ghana that the Ghanaian economy is in a better place than it was two years ago.

She said the IMF-supported programme had been an anchor for orderly economic adjustment and a positive signal to the market.

During that period, Ms Lagarde said, the Ghanaian authorities had made important gains towards macroeconomic stability, including inflation, which had declined to a single digit and now within the Bank of Ghana’s (BoG’s) tolerance band; buoyant growth, averaging about five per cent between 2015 and 2018 (and over six per cent in 2017-18) and a primary surplus in 2017 for the first time in 15 years.

Reacting to this claim on Adom FM Tuesday as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com, the Law Maker urged the President to stop listening to the praises been heaped on the government by the IMF as according to him, it does not reflect the reality on the ground.

According to Ken Agyapong, there is too much hardship in the country, hence he is shocked the IMF would want to praise the government.

“Please stop listening to these guys, the IMF people…the moment they begin to praise you, then it means you are doing their bidding, but that brings hardship to the people of Ghana…,” he said.

He stated that he is surprised the government will want to listen to an institution like the IMF which does not vote in Ghana instead of Ghanaians.

“During President Kufour’s era, I said same on countless occasions but no one listened to me, instead they went to my father and told him to call me to order because I am destroying the government…they listened to the IMF, but I ask, does the IMF vote? It is the people of Ghana who vote so you should listen to them…,” he said.

Ken Agyapong is on record as saying there is too much hardship in the country. He stated that the too much hardship will lead Ghanaians to celebrate a very dry Christmas.

“What kind of dry Christmas is this? I have promised my constituents but I won’t go there this Christmas because I don’t have money…,” he confessed.

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