Former President Jerry John Rawlings has reiterated that the economic burden on the average Ghanaian is too high, meaning Ghanaians are having a tough time making a go of it in the current climate.
The former President, the founder of the ruling NDC yet a fierce critic of it, noted on Starrfm Wednesday that the current government can boast of infrastructural achievements, but the economic climate is still too tough for majority of Ghanaians.
“There is an improvement on the infrastructure, apart from the energy and the water; but that has also improved.” he said.
“There is hardship, it’s very tough on people and I know this because I am always looking for money to help people out with school fees, medicals, funerals and all kind of situations. Things are generally tough for majority of people.” he added.
The former head of state also spoke on his time in power, saying that he didn’t particularly enjoy being in office, but that sometimes one had to come back due to the wrong things going on.
“Some of us didn’t enjoy being in office…but we had to work hard and after 10 years of that kind of work during the revolution period you want to break along but you are forced to come back because you can see foolish promises are being made in the air so you stay on to help consolidate,” he said.
The former President, who ruled Ghana as a democratically elected leader for two terms and as a military leader for over ten years, celebrates his 69th birthday today (June 22).