The former President and the 2020 flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama has sent well wishes to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and urged him to institute measures to bring relief to Ghanaian workers.
According to him,there were untold hardships on Ghanaians due to the increasing cost of living hence the need for the President to take measures to bring some respite to the citizenry.
He also urged the President to reach for cooperation from others in finding lasting solutions to the country’s owes.
Mr Mahama’s well wishes and its subsequent advice were contained in a statement sighted by GhanaPlus.com on his Facebook page on Saturday, May 1, 2021 to celebrate workers day, also known as “May Day”.
“Today is May Day, Workers Day. Unfortunately, in Ghana, we are going through unbearable hardship and suffering from an ever-increasing cost of living.Incidentally, an increase in existing taxes & introduction of new ones, and which take effect from today, May Day, is leading to steep rises in the prices of fuel, food & every basic item. This will worsen the plight of citizens even further. This is in addition to power outages and shortage of water in many homes, cities and municipalities”.
“On this May Day 2021, with hardship set to worsen, I call on His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo to stretch a hand of cooperation to all Ghanaians, able to play a role in rescuing our dear nation from the abyss it is falling.
On this occasion of May Day, as I salute the suffering workers of Ghana and all Ghanaians, let me also take the opportunity to wish the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, well and urge him to take the measures needed to bring relief to suffering Ghanaians,” par of the statement reads.
Be more tolerant of criticisms
Mr Mahama also called on the President to create room for constructive criticism of his administration, adding his party, the NDC was ready to play its part in that regard.
“In addition, I encourage the President and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse.
We in the NDC stand ready to play our part in offering constructive suggestions that will bring Ghana back onto a path of growth and prosperity. Fraternal Greetings on this May Day! God bless our Homeland Ghana!,” Mr Mahama added.