Following the government’s decision to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in reviving Ghana’s faltering economy, President Nana Akufo-Akufo has been encouraged to address Ghanaians.
Francis Addai Nimo, a former Mampong Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), made this appeal on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show. He claimed that since President Akufo-Addo is in charge of the taskforce negotiating with the IMF team, it is his right to address Ghanaians.
As discussions with the IMF are ongoing, Akufo-Addo should have the bravery to address Ghanaians and explain the actual state of the economy.
He should be the one we pay attention to, not his vice president or ministers, he declared.
However, the former NPP presidential candidate acknowledged that the nation is struggling and that its massive debt load is its biggest problem, making a trip to the IMF the best course of action.
“The system is challenging. The heat is being felt by everybody. Let’s avoid word games as a party and as a government. In whatever we do, the IMF is also involved. Because the IMF is a national concern, we must depoliticize the situation. People are allowed to accuse this administration of incompetence, just like we did with John Mahama, he added.
On Friday, July 1, 2022, the Ministry of Information declared that President Akufo-Addo had given the go-ahead for Ghana to start negotiations with the IMF for a bailout.