General News of 2014-02-10

Mahama can’t fix economy - Minister declares

Those who think that the President and his ministers have answers to the seeming difficult times Ghanaians are going through, coupled with the continued depreciation of the cedi should start revising their notes.

The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, speaking at Obuasi at the weekend during the 10th anniversary celebration of the enskinment of Adansi Sarki Zongo, Alhaji Gibrine Ibrahim, argued that there was little the President could do to address the situation, since both the Qur'an and the Bible have predicted hard condition at the End Time.

“The truth is that, Ghana is not destroyed. And one cannot blame the President for the hardship in the country because both the Bible and the Qur'an have predicted that at the end time, there will be hardship and we are faced with it,” he noted.

The Water Resources, Works and Housing minister regretted that politicians who were part of successive governments that failed to fully satisfy Ghanaians have also joined the chorus that 'times are difficult', and urged the enthusiastic crowd to ignore such people.

He noted that, despite all the difficulties facing the country, a lot had also been achieved in terms of development.

According to Collins Dauda, in the past, it was difficult for one to place a call to his or her village or town, but that is not the situation today, due to availability of telephone facilities.

The Minister’s comment follows concerns of Ghanaians, including the Methodist Bishop of Obuasi-Diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Bosomtwe Ayensu, about the high cost of living as a result of the poor management of the economy and certain decisions taken by the government.

The Methodist Bishop even went to the extent of describing the NDC administration as insensitive and dull in its approach to resolving the current economic hardship the country is experiencing.

The cedi has drastically fallen in value against the dollar and other major international currencies, compelling the Bank of Ghana to announce measures aimed at shoring up the Cedi. The Bank has also injected US$20 million into critical sectors of the economy.

Archbishop Nicolas Duncan Williams, the Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of the Christian Action Faith Ministries (CAFM) had led his congregation to pray for the recovery of the cedis.

“I hold up the cedi with prayer and I command the cedi to recover and I declare the cedi will not fall, it will not fall any further. I command the cedi to climb.

I commend the resurrection of the cedi. I command and released a miracle for the economy,” he prayed.

Present at the function were Hon. John Alexander Ackon, deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Eric Opoku, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Richard Ofori Agyemang Boadi, the Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive and Dr. Alhaji Nuhu Shaributu, the national Chief Imam.