Ghana’s former President Mahama has expressed solidarity with the ordinary Ghanaian.

According to him,  the prevailing economic challenges caused by the Akufo-Addo administration are being felt by all and that he also feels the pain.

“The soaring prices of essential goods, high levels of unemployment and the struggles of small businesses are a testament to the government’s failure to address the people’s needs. Many of you have felt the impact of these challenges in your daily lives. Whether it is struggling to put food on the table, finding a job to support your family, or witnessing the erosion of our national pride due to corruption and mismanagement. My brothers and sisters, I feel your pain, your despair,” Mahama said in a New Year message delivered on January 3.

According to him, “2023 has been nothing but a continuation of the years of hardship, the high cost of living and worsening poverty for the Ghanaian people. The 2024 budget provides no hope for an improvement in our circumstances. A raft of new tax measures has been slapped on us to raise an additional GHC11billion from the already overburdened tax payers.

The former President bemoaned the fact that despite the imposition of new taxes which have made the ordinary Ghanaian worse off, budgetary allocation for President Akufo-Addo has been increased drastically.

“… while they sought to squeeze the last blood from Ghanaians through increased taxes, they have increased the money allocated to the office of the President from GHC1.4 billion to over GHC2 billion. A clear case of asking the people to tighten their belts while the President loosens his. Bawumia’s economic mismanagement and corruption and Akufo-Addo’s poor governance and leadership have led to a significant decline in living standards for the ordinary Ghanaian,” he lamented.

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) therefore urged Ghanaians to use the opportunity offered by the 2024 elections to change the government.

“The NPP has brought economic calamity on us. This is not just a matter of Mahama saying so. We all now know that drastic action is needed to reset our nation on the right path. That process must start in earnest with the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections,” he urged.

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