President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has responded to former President John Dramani Mahama’s claims that his government is only providing freebies to the citizens.

Akufo-Addo during his last address to the nation on Sunday, August 16 said that his administration is providing critical help to the citizens of the country but not freebies as the ex-President said.

Recall that the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) jabbed the ruling government for throwing a lot of free things at the citizens.

President Akufo-Addo during his 15th televised broadcast to the nation said; “If you say everybody should stay at home and we will give you everything free, free; free this, free that, all the countries that have developed, they didn’t develop like that,” former President Mahama said.

However, in his 15th COVID-19 address to the nation on Sunday, 16 August 2020, the President said: “I know that the pandemic has adversely affected many lives and livelihoods”.

“It is for this reason that the government has implemented several measures such as free water and electricity, and funding to support small businesses, and tax reliefs, amongst others, to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

“We are not providing freebies, we are providing critical help to households, families and businesses, in the midst of this pandemic, because we care”, he noted.

“It is my conviction that in times of crises, it is the duty of aresponsible and sensitive government to protect the population, and provide relief,” the President stressed.