Former President John Dramani Mahama, who is running for Flagbearer of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), says Ghana needs experience, not experimentation, at a time when the country is facing numerous challenges.
He said this at the launch of his campaign to contest the flagbearer race for the NDC.
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Speaking at the launch which was held on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Mr. Mahama observed the current economic situation of the country and noted that Ghana was bankrupt.
“I have searched my soul and paid close attention to your voices, to your daily struggles, and to our present national predicaments.
At this stage, Ghana demands experience, not experiment. Ghana demands togetherness and not divisiveness, now is the time for bravery of hearts and clarity of purpose,” he said.
The Former President stated that six years ago, despite the NDC’s best efforts, the people of Ghana decided to entrust the management and administration of this country into the hands of the NPP.
He said they did so in the hope that the many mouth watering promises administered to them will translate into meaningful action that will mark an improvement in their living conditions and the general wellbeing of the country.
However, he said six years on, those hopes have been dashed.
“Instead of the prosperity and the progress that was promised, the last six years have been perhaps the most difficult and challenging period of our history as a country,” he said.
He continued that,”This government has been clueless and in many ways callous, the unthinkable has happened and our country today is broken on all fronts. Ghana is bankrupt, we are saddled with debt we cannot pay.”
He said Ghana’s economy was in the worst ever shape with suffering and pain at an unprecedented level.
Mr Mahama noticed that hyperinflation and the ever increasing price of basic items, including food products, have all combined to inflict unbearable pain on millions of Ghanaian households.
According to him, parents are being forced to make the choice between seeking prompt healthcare for their sick children or providing meals with their meager resources for their families.
He also stated that the middle class stands the real risk of being wiped out on the back of an obnoxious debt restructuring programme, adding that even pensioners at their old age suffered the mismanagement of the country.
He therefore underscored the need for change, saying that he is ready and able to be the kind of President that Ghanaians are looking for.
“There is an increasing gap right now between the Ghanaian society and the Ghanaian political system, and it is one of the reasons a change has become absolutely necessary at this particular time. Of course, I know how to deliver that badly needed change,” he said.
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