Former Deputy Power Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for or Yapei Kusawgu, John Jinapor has claimed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government inherited a ‘healthier’ economy in terms of funds from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, evidence of good and vibrant economy was visible across the country.
”You [NPP] inherited a better economy with better financial basis. We [NDC] laid a foundation and you must build on it. But when you come and refuse to acknowledge the work we have done in the various sectors, we are compelled to raise the issue and deal with them. You don’t create jobs, how many roads, hospitals have they built?” he quizzed.
John Jinapor was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Wednesday after the Finance Minister presented the 2018 Budget.
President Nana Akufo-Addo during his three-day tour of the Greater Accra Region hinted at a possible reduction in electricity tariffs, a boost in job creation and assured the masses that the economy has been set on a sound foundation, ready to take off.
The Finance Minister in presenting the budget mentioned issues such as government’s intended expenditure for the 2018 fiscal year and how the Nana Akufo-Addo government intends to finance its ambitious projects.
The budget also captures the major economic policies of government on how to speed up the country’s economic growth and consolidate the gains made in the 2017 ‘Asempa’ budget.
But Mr. Jinapor could not fathom why the Nana Addo government has failed to acknowledge achievements by the Mahama government.
But a deputy information minister on the same show, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the arrangements that contributed to the huge debts in the energy sector under the John Mahama is yet to be untangled.
He said the Planting for food & job program has done far better than the projected outcome.