General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Yaa Jantuah has said President Akufo-Addo’s 2021 State of the Nation Address is miles away from the reality on the ground.
She described the speech as one lacking touch with reality.
Among other things, the President delivering his address on Tuesday said Ghana is expected to have a GDP growth rate of about five percent following a year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We expect GDP growth to rebound strongly this year to nearly 5 percent; above the IMF’s 2021 January projection of 3.2 percent for sub-Saharan Africa for 2021,” the President said.
He said his government found the resources to protect all public sector workers.
“My government found the resources to cushion the impact of the pandemic because we are good managers of the economy and we are good protectors of the public purse,” he noted.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo also boasted his government’s effort to sustain all public sector jobs despite the harsh economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said although most businesses in the country laid-off workers as a result of the pandemic the public sector maintained its working force.
“According to the COVID-19 Business Tracker survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank, the covid-19 pandemic has led to job losses with many Ghanaian businesses and firms being forced to cut cost by reducing staff hours, cutting wages and in some cases, laying off workers…”
“This survey again showed that about 770,000 workers had their wages reduced and about 42,000 employees were laid off during the 3-week partial lockdown imposed on the Greater Accra and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas and their continuous districts Tema and Kasoa.
But reacting to the speech on Adwenekasa on Original 91.9FM Wednesday, Nana Yaa Jantuah slammed President Akufo-Addo for his deafening silence on the ragging LGBTQI + debate in the country during the address.
She said the President being mute on the issue alludes he cares less about the culturally unaccepted act threatening the Ghanaian values and traditions of the land adding that there should be conscious efforts to educate school children against homosexuality,
In doing so, she indicated that it will ensure our cultural values and traditions us people are protected.
The CPP General Secretary admitted the President has strongly condemned activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer community in the past, but she said he should have retaliated his position on the subject.
Nana Yaa Jantuah, who is a former Public Affairs Director of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), argued that the bigger platform for Akufo-Addo to state categorically Ghana’s position on LGBTQI+ activities was during the State of the Nation’s Address, but the President missed the opportunity to do so.
“It seems we just pay lip-service. We won’t approve it [homosexuality] but it still persists. It is there, Talking and action are two different things. What are we doing, is it through education to instil in our children that do not near this orientation (homosexuality) because the Bible is against it?’ Ms Jantuahquizzed adding, “one thing which is common is; all the religions frown on homosexual activities,” she noted
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana