Akufo-Addo’s Ghana Beyond Aid plan has turned Ghana into a beggar nation – Mahama

Former President, John Dramani Mahama and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Speaking at the 9th Ghana CEO Network Business Cocktail on Thursday, December 7, 2023, John Dramani Mahama, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s 2024 flagbearer, took aim at President Akufo-Addo’s administration, claiming that it was causing economic turmoil and leaving Ghana in a dire state.

The former president made these claims while outlining how the NDC’s 24-hour economy proposal, which he claimed stems from the 40-year National Development Plan, would alter the country’s course.

“Indeed, its [24-hour economy] roots emanate from the 40-year National Development Plan the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) put together when I was President. 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,” he said.

As per his assessment, the plan is a well-laid out policy that would put Ghana back on track for recovery.

The former president emphasized the 24-hour economy initiative’s importance and its inclusion in the 2020 People’s Manifesto of the NDC.

Mr. Mahama provided additional information regarding the 24-hour strategy, describing its main objective as turning Ghana into an export-driven, self-sufficient economy that runs on a three-shift work schedule.

He emphasized the party’s commitment to its social democratic principles by making it clear that the NDC does not seek to establish a command economy with centralized planning.

“There will be no limit to the sectors the 24-hour economy initiative will target. And the benefits will be enormous. Through the 24-hour economy, we will create new, decent, and well-paying jobs for the youth, reduce unemployment, which is a significant challenge, and improve the living standards of Ghanaians.

“Also, the expanded range of operating or working hours will increase productivity and fully utilise all resources, including infrastructure. The 24-hour economy will provide greater flexibility and convenience for workers and allow citizens to access goods and services anytime,” he said.

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