Former president John Dramani Mahama has identified two key individuals as being in charge of the nation’s present economic problems.
He has since repeated his demands that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo remove Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta from their positions.
While he is supporting increased calls for Ofori-dismissal, Atta’s he wants Bawumia to be removed from his position as chairman of the Economic Management Team.
On October 27, 2022, during a public lecture in Accra with the title “Building the Ghana We Want,” Mahama expressed regret that Akufo-Addo had not responded to his earlier calls for this action.
“I re-echoed demands by Ghanaians that the finance minister and the Chair of the Economic Management Team, who have been primarily responsible for this economic catastrophe, be relieved of their positions to breed confidence among stakeholders and offer the economy a new lease of life.
“I asked that the President deploys some of the arsenals in the Presidential toolkit and reshuffle his government to inject innovation and freshness of thinking into the running of the country,” Mahama said.
He said that firing Ofori-Atta and Bawumia and conducting a reorganization had some advantages in relieving the financial crisis.
“I also requested that the President speak before the nation to outline the particular measures he planned to take to weather the coming economic storm.
“This address was meant to calm investor community anxiety and mobilize Ghanaians behind any such initiatives.
Sadly, the President dug in and neglected to take any of these actions, he said.
The National Democratic Congress’s 2020 flagbearer provided a number of short-, medium-, and long-term answers to the government’s ongoing economic crisis as part of his presentation.