Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticised the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia-led government, attributing Ghana's economic challenges to what he termed a "self-inflicted catastrophe" caused by the current administration's bad policies.
Mr Mahama expressed his concerns during the 9th Ghana CEO Network Business Cocktail, where he particularly targeted the abandonment of the 40-year national development plan for the “Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.”
According to Mahama, the implementation of the Ghana Beyond Aid policy has turned Ghana into a "beggar nation."
"Unfortunately, the present government discarded the 40-year plan and replaced it with a Ghana Beyond Aid plan that has turned Ghana into a beggar nation," Mahama asserted.
In reaction to the perceived failures of the current administration, Mahama reiterated his alternative solution - the "24-hour economy."
He described this initiative as a well-thought-out plan, rooted in the 40-year National Development Plan crafted by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) during his presidency.
"The 24-hour economy initiative was well-thought-through and captured on page 105 of the NDC’s 2020 People’s Manifesto. Indeed, its roots emanate from the 40-year National Development Plan, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) put together when I was President," Mahama explained.
Mahama calls for a change in the status quo, stating, "Undoubtedly, the economic catastrophe we face is self-inflicted and caused by this government. However, for the sake of Ghanaians and the future of our dear country, we cannot allow the status quo to continue."