It shouldn’t be a shock to any right thinking Ghanaian that the West African country now imports plantain from Ivory Coast—because, Ghana imports almost everything, including toothpicks.
Ghana’s economy without oil is said to have grown 8% under President Kuffuor’s administration and today, even with oil in place, the economy is growing at 4%—a development the flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo lamented over while speaking in Paris on Saturday, May 28.
According to Nana Addo, Ghana’s once buoyant economy, especially, the agricultural sector, has seen a sharp decline to the extent that the West African nation now imports plantain from neighbouring La Cote d’Ivoire.
He attributed the decline in growth to poor policies and low investment, under the watch of President Mahama.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated among other things, that he is yet to come to terms with the fact that a country which grew 8.4% in 2008 without oil under President John Agyekum Kufuor, is now growing less than 4% despite the abundant natural resources, including oil in commercial quantities at the disposal of President John Dramani Mahama.
“When Kufuor was leaving office in 2008, the food import bill for our country was $600 million. Mills and Mahama criticized Kufuor for his performance and they promised to reduce it. Last year, the food import bill of our country was $1.5 billion. We are now importing plantain into Ghana! Agriculture, which in Kufuor’s last year was growing at 7.4%; this last year was 0.04%. These are the facts about Ghana, they are not my inventions. You look at the official and budget statistics, you’ll find it there,” he said.
He added that, the mismanagement of the economy is the reason why the country went to the IMF for a bailout, assuring that the NPP when giving the mandate to govern Ghana will be put back on the road to prosperity and progress.
He made the above statements while speaking at an NPP branch meeting in Paris.