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#FixTheCountry: Bring your suggestions to achieve the goal – Agyei-Nyamekye to protestors

A finance expert, Mr. Kwaku Agyei Nyamekye, has asked the ‘Fix The Country’ protestors to outline possible ways the government can transform the country as they have been advocating for on social media over the last week.

He said the country’s economy is in its recession state which will probably take a long period of time to recover, therefore, their suggestions would be appreciated.

“At this stage, if one says we are at on good standing it is lies. Covid-19 has had a grave effect on the global economy. Financial stable countries are now looking into their reserves. How much was Ghana’s reserves to depend on? We had none. Donors contribute to our budget. I think the government is strategizing to strengthen the economy,” he said.

While speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original 91.9FM on Monday, May 10, 2021, he explained why the youth urging the country’s leaders to address the concerns they have raised should include the blueprint to achieve the goal as they wish.

“Before the economy recovers from recession it will take years. The truth is the truth. This is not politics it is the time campaigners of #FixTheCountry bring suggestions they think when the government implement it will help fix the country,” he said on the Adwenekasa programme.

Mr. Agyei Nyamekye also rallied behind the campaign and called on the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration to attend to the plight of the citizenry

“We are all in the country and the government has assumed office; we have had havoc. This is unplanned. It’s happened and it has distorted the country’s finances the government is trying to salvage the situation. We say it should fix the country because while trying to return the country to normal it has brought some untold hardship.”

“Those championing the Fix The Country I’m elated about it but they should give the government its alternative,” he added.

Protest

For about a week, thousands of irate Ghanaian youth are registering their dissatisfaction with successive governments over their inability to provide the basic needs of the people making lives unbearable for the average Ghanaian.

The youth dominated advocacy commenced on Twitter and garnered thousands of reactions on the various social media platforms.

Using the hashtag #FixTheCountry they shared their sentiment on the rising youth unemployment, high cost of living, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

Government response

While highlighting some 70 achievements of their administration, Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia assured Ghanaians that the Akufo-Addo led government is focused on solving problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bawumia on Thursday morning acknowledged their concerns on Facebook and assured them of the government’s commitment to solving these problems, which he said have been heightened by the effects of the pandemic on world economies.

“We are four months into our four-year mandate. The job of the government is to fix problems. This is what we have been doing since 2017,” Dr. Bawumia wrote on Facebook.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down the global economy and caused increases in prices of commodities such as oil, cement and iron rods as well as the overall cost of shipping,” he explained.

We’ll #FixTheCountry together

Addressing a joint press conference organised by the Finance and Information Ministries, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta outlined the government’s action in response to the campaign.

Ofori-Atta urged the Ghanaian people to rise up and fix the country together.

“In the coming days, we will move swiftly to address the issues that #FixTheCountry have raised. First, I am working with the Minister for Water and Sanitation to immediately ensure potable water to areas of critical need. Secondly, I am working with the Ministers of Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior to address congestion along the major highways. Thirdly, we are fast-tracking the implementation of the $200 million jobs and skills programme and economic transformation programme to enhance job creation significantly.”

“Fourth, starting this month, we are rolling out over eight additional interventions under the GhanaCARES Obatanpa programme and these will be in the health, agriculture, trade, tourism, digitisation, science and technology, housing and financial service sectors. Fifth, by the end of July, we will have a new development bank capitalised with over $500 million that will provide long term whole financing and not retail, as happened in the past, to the private sector through commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions such as venture capital companies for SMEs, to ensure financing to the youth. So let us rise up and build together and let us #FIXTOGETHER.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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