President John Dramani Mahama is very confident that his government has brought much prosperity to the economy of the nation. He therefore thinks that why there are still complaints is that many Ghanaians lack skills that will enable them enjoy the opportunities.
Before now, many people have countered the President’s claims that his government has greatly improved the economy by creating job and business opportunities for the people. This is because of the obvious hard times Ghanaians are still facing on a daily basis. Massive unemployment is till there staring the youths in the face, high cost of utility bills, power failures and fuel scarcity among others are making life very difficult for the citizens.
However, in response to these lamentations and criticisms, President Mahama has said that he thinks Ghanaians lack skills with which they would have utilized the growing opportunities being made available by his government. According to the President, Ghanaians lack skills and that is why they are not feeling the prosperity. For him, without the necessary skills, they cannot take advantage of the opportunities his government has created.
Explaining this during an interview with Ho-based Volta Star FM Thursday, he says, “the thing is, if you say feeling it in your pocket, it doesn’t mean that the President is going to come from place to place and count money and give to everybody to put in his pocket. The economy will provide the opportunities but it’s for the people to take advantage of them.”
President Mahama, at the Eastern region, during his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour, has insisted that Ghana’s economy is sustainably buoyant notwithstanding the current global economic meltdown. Some economists rejected this claim, saying the economy is improving because of an IMF programme and not because of government policies. However, Mahama countered this, saying that his government is providing jobs and creating opportunities for people to make money.
Making reference to the World Bank and Economic Intelligence Unit reports, the President said all predictions for Ghana look very good. According to the reports which he cited, “Ghana’s prospects from 2017 are very bright and even predicted that whoever wins the 2017 election will be in power for a very long time.” According to the President, the economy as it grows, throws out natural jobs that people can take advantage of, “but when you do not have the skill or you do not have the capacity to take advantage of a growing economy then you would not feel it in your pocket.”
He stressed that the various government projects such as road constructions and the community day schools building has been providing jobs for workers like masons, contractors, carpenters and others.
Speaking further, President Mahama explained that development is not an event, rather, a process. He said that people are often tempted to believe that the process is not moving because they are not part of it. According to him, “If you sit in a plane, you hardly think that it is moving but when you are standing outside and you see it passing you know that it is moving at a very high speed.”
Mahama also made mention of thousands of cocoa seedlings and free Agric extension advice which he said, are being offered to farmers in the northern part of the Volta region as part of measures to curb unemployment in the area.
Also making mention of the Adanse piggery project where people who are interested register and together with the University of Science and Technology they provide them with extension advice to produce pigs for the market, he assured that government will continue to assist young people with the skills they need through the Youth Employment Agency Programme to access the available opportunities.