Former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, has asked the government to boldly admit to Ghanaians that the economy is in terrible shape.
In his view, telling the citizens the truth about the country’s economic difficulties and painting the real picture is the first step to ensuring collective sacrifice to rebuild the economy.
While lambasting leadership for creating the dire economic situation, he called on authorities to stop living above their standards and help share the pain Ghanaians are facing.
“The economy is not in a good place. That is the first admission we have to make boldly. And we have to put plans in place that call for a collective sacrifice. Let’s share the pain. We are in a situation now where we have played so much, and now we are in dire times”, Boakye Agyarko said in an interview on Accra-based Asempa FM.
“We have to psych the nation for the difficulties ahead of us. We have to take our public financial management seriously and take our responsibility as citizens seriously. No one will come from anywhere to help us. We have to admit that we are living above our standards, we either come down or double up to meet those standards,” he said.
The former Energy Minister also noted that he is pursuing his own presidential ambition, for which a lot of people kicked against right from the beginning.
However, he told critics that “I will not abandon it to go and do any other thing. I am focused on what I have to do for myself and my nation. That is my focus. If you serve with all your strength and the person doesn’t appreciate it, you move on. If I cannot give something a hundred percent, I will not do it. I’m I not deserving of being the flagbearer of the NPP?”