While many average Ghanaians work extremely hard to achieve success, it has become incredibly challenging for them to perform fundamental tasks like feeding, clothing, and finding suitable housing. This is a result of the current global economic crisis. Leadership that is ineffective and incompetent has made Ghana’s situation worse.
Solomon TTB Zinekena, the former Talensi Constituency Secretary of the NDC shared these sentiments when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show. Mr. Zinekena explained that the due to the extreme economic situation, young people, particularly ladies, have had to resort to covert prostitution, popularly referred to as ‘hookup’ in their attempt to survive.
“What your Ghc100 could do for you in January 2020 it cannot do for you as we speak today. Common sachet water, people go thirsty. They drink water in the house and when they can’t drink water again. That is the state of Ghana that we are in. Come to the cost of living. Just around January this year, inflation was hovering around 16 percent. Suddenly, we are talking about over 40 percent inflation. What kind of government are we having? People drink water and go to bed and it is not because of their making. What society are having? We just have poor handlers of the economy. Look at the price of cooking oil, the price of that yellow gallon. My younger sister went out of business because of the increase in that oil alone. This lady was doing this business, [frying of] chips [and] distributing them. Because of the hike in oil prices and the hike in sugar, and fuel … [she’s been pushed out of business]. Look at her; how many of such young ladies have gone out of business and they would now go to social media [say they’re doing] hookup. All because we have a certain government that is not committed to development.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Atariwini, the Deputy Upper East Regional Communications Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is confident in the government’s ability to ensure that the economy rebounds. Should the economy rebound, many Ghanaians would feel great economic relief, according to Mr. Atariwini.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana