A flagbearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Asamoahâ€“Boateng has criticized government over its decision to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial bailout.
According to the former Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor administration government made a mistake by rushing to the IMF when there are people in this country who can help the nation address the current economic situation.
â€œWhen they are in difficulty their only solution is to go outside and get help, you donâ€™t run out for help when you have all the help in the house, sadly that is what President Mahama is doing,â€ he explained.
President John Dramani Mahama after a meeting with his Economic Advisory Committee directed that immediate initiatives be taken to open discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in support of Ghanaâ€™s â€œprogramme for stabilization and growthâ€.
But the NPP flagbearer hopeful insists that â€œgoing to the IMF is a completely wrong routeâ€.
He further advised government to refrain from always seeking help from outsiders when there are experts and resourceful people in Ghana and â€œeven in his own partyâ€ to help him.
Mr. Asamoah-Boateng also downplayed President Mahamaâ€™s recent ministerial reshuffle describing it as merely â€œcosmeticâ€.
â€œIâ€™ve seen some changes in the cabinet but itâ€™s cosmeticâ€ he added.
Speaking at a press briefing organized to update the media on his campaign Stephen Asamoah-Boateng also called for the scrapping off of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the institution of a new development agenda called the Volta-Oti plan.
By: Raymond Acquah/citifmonline.com/Ghana