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Afrobarometer survey of Ghanaians tells it all; the economy sucks

Afrobarometer, the reputable research group on the African continent recently captured the mood of Ghanaians as it pertains to the economy.

A significant number of Ghanaians, 26 percent of those surveyed said the economy under President Nana Akuffo Addo is terrible.

Well, need I say anything more? Ghanaians have belatedly realized that the rosy picture government continues to paint of the economy is patently false and factually misleading.

Meanwhile on a recent feel-good visit to Silicon Valley in California, vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia told a gathering of Ghanaians that the economy back home was strumming along, showing signs of recovery, improvement and resilience, all as a result, he said, of the NPP's prudent management.

As was widely expected, the vice president shamelessly touted the achievements of the NPP government. And, believe it or not, he could not resist taking a dig at the NDC by reminding the audience for the umpteenth time that his party inherited a deeply troubled economy and mountains of debt.

Vice President Bawumia is not the only NPP member to trot out this falsehood about the Ghanaian economy. His boss has engaged in it on numerous occasions, and so have other leading members of the party.

One ranking member who comes immediately to mind is the behind the scenes power broker, Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko. On a recent facebook posting he pointed to some highfalutin economic numbers and argued that the economy was surging. What an intelligent deduction, Mr. Darko. Tell that to the thousands of unemployment young Ghanaians.

You see, you don't have to be an economist or have to spend time in the innerbowels of government to know that the Ghanaian economy is still a mess, a disappointing failure and worryingly stagnant.

The ruling NPP rode to electoral victory in 2016 on a promise to make life better for Ghanaians. They counted on public dissatisfaction with former president John Mahama's supposedly poor stewardship of the economy.

Every poll and survey pointed to a massive victory. Nana and his cluster of supporters were on Cloud Nine. They won the elections, fairly and squarely, but have since then, grossly mismanaged the economy.

Now safely ensconced in power, the NPP leadership has become cosmopolitans who are out of touch with realities on the ground. They are living in an urban cocoon oblivious to the daily financial struggles of Ghanaians.

Their feckless assertions about the economy are complete distortions of what their compatriots are experiencing; difficult and seemingly intractable financial conditions that have no end in sight.

There is this fact that the NPP does not want to grapple with; the party is afflicted by a condition called groupthink which basically means that party members have the same thought process. Put simply, they are on the same bandwagon when it comes to issues of national importance.

Small wonder therefore that they continue to paint the economy in glowing terms while insisting that Ghanaians, by and large, are doing well, But we all know the opposite is true.

Some of us have said time and time again, that, the economy is in the doldrums and struggling mightily to recover from the devastating effects of the global economic meltdown of 2008. Ghanaians know this for a fact.

The only group of Ghanaians who have not woken up to the harsh realities of our nation's bad economy because they aren't feeling its terrible effects, is the NPP political elite

No wonder they continue to spew nonsense and incomprehensible assertions about the economy. They should be forewarned; their political careers will be in jeopardy if the economy does not improve and if they continue to deny the obvious.

 

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