Gov’t must tell Ghanaians the truth that the economy is not in good shape and stop blaming Russia-Ukraine war — Boakye Agyarko

Former Energy Minister, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko has slammed government for laying blame and associating it shortcomings with the effects of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM, he said the Akufo-Addo-led administration should open up and tell Ghanaians about the poor state of the economy and halt using the Russia-Ukraine war as a cover up.

Mr. Agyarko advised government to plan for resilience and find possible ways to mitigate the issues like these.

“The economy is not in a good place. That is the first admission we have to make boldly. And we have to put plans in place that call for a collective sacrifice. Let’s share the pain. We are in a situation now where we have played so much, and now we are in dire times. We have to psych the nation for the difficulties ahead of us. We have to take our public financial management seriously and take our responsibility as citizens seriously. No one will come from anywhere to help us. We have to admit that we are living above our standards, we either come down or double up to meet those standards,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and some government appointees have attributed the hardships to the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Dr. Bawumia, addressing the nation on the economic challenges at Kasoa in the Central Region said the hardships are the cause of the Russia and Ukraine war.

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