“Ghanaians Might Have Short Memories, But Not Short Enough To Forget About 5-Years Of DUMSOR" - Prez
President Akufo-Addo has jabbed the flagbearer for the opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC) saying even if Ghanaians have short memories as he claims, it is not short enough to forget about NDC’s five years of ‘DUMSOR’ when they were in power.
Speaking at the launch of the 2020 Manifesto of the NPP in Cape Coast on Saturday, President Akufo-Addo said “Ghanaians might have short memories, but not short enough for us to have forgotten the broken-down freezers, irons and other household equipment, thanks to the five years of DUMSOR. Our memories are not short enough to forget that the economy, under him, was such a wreck that there was a ban placed on all recruitment into our public services. Our memories are not short enough to forget that teachers taught for three years and were only paid for three months. Our memories are certainly not short enough to forget that he brought our entire financial services system to near collapse”
He questioned if indeed Ghanaians have short memories, why is Candidate Mahama seeking to be re-elected by the same people into the high office of President after creating a mess from 2012 to 2016.
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“I know that the NDC presidential candidate, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, believes and says often that Ghanaians have a short memory. And he must hold strongly to this belief, otherwise, I doubt he would have summoned the courage to be seeking another term after the disaster that was his presidency” he said.
Touching on the Economy, President Akufo-Addo said “I have heard him make the extraordinary claim that Ghana’s economy was in “tatters” not because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of mismanagement. I doubt that he can recognise a well-managed economy, even if it slapped him in the face”
“Luckily for us, we do not have to rely on his judgement or assessment of the economy. But it is important to tell him, just in case there are others like him around that Ghana is, today, in a position to be able to provide one hot meal for JHS 3 students who are back in school in the midst of a pandemic, to pay for six (6) months the water bills of all Ghanaians, to subsidise the electricity bills of all Ghanaians for three (3) months. Indeed, we thank the Almighty that the pandemic did not strike under his presidency, when there was no money in the national kitty to pay teachers and nurses allowances”, he added.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that the citizenry is very much aware of the realities of the times and the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on the country’s economies and livelihoods.
“I have asked our party members to keep these sensibilities in their minds in all they do, as they go about campaigning for votes. Adherence to the COVID protocols means we cannot resort to the traditional methods of campaigning, and I urge all of us to obey strictly these rules. We cannot have the traditional crowds and rallies, and wherever there are gatherings, we have to try to observe the social distancing rules” he concluded.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith