The Member of Parliament for Suaman , Hon Betino ,has expressed disappointment with the State of Nation Address (SONA) presented by President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday March 30, 2022.
According to him, Fuel prices and prices of foodstuffs and services have increased significantly in recent months but the President was completely silent on those basic essentials.
Some Ghanaians are calling on the government to come up with innovative measures to provide some comfort.
In this vein, the Suaman lawmaker said he was expecting the President to tell the nation measures being employed to lessen the current hardship in the nation.
“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,” Hon Betino disclosed to EXPRESSNEWSGHANA, after the proceedings.
He said currently, farmers could not get fertilizer as the price has shot up thereby making it difficult to access it for farming.
The unavailability of fertilizer is such serious that farmers have been advised to relied on local manure.
He described the State of the Nation Address as disappointing and empty, stressing that the entire message was laced with political rhetoric.
However, President Akufo-Addo in addressing Parliament has blamed the Ukraine invasion by Russia for the worsening economic situation in Ghana.
“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 President stated.
He continued “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.