A former Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has described President Akufo-Addo’s decision to seek economic refuge from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a “bold decision” that will help the nation return to normalcy.
He said the President is a confident and selfless leader who handles issues with confidence, adding that the country’s present economic situation had resulted in seeking discussion and backing from IMF.
“The step taken to go to IMF is a clear manifestation of a bold and honest leader that we have in the country. President Akufo-Addo is a man who faces reality, and gives clear understanding to the people he is leading that there was no magic in governance irrespective of the number of lies and propaganda that go all round corners of the country,” he said in a radio interview yesterday.
According to him, the President has dreams and visions that would help manage the economy out of the IMF, and further make life more dignifying and comfortable for the citizenry.
“The President abounds in vision. Let’s trust him so that collectively we propel the nation forward before his tenure ends. I am convinced that all things being equal, his actualization could turn the fortunes of Ghana around,” he stated.
The former Eastern Regional Minister noted that a leader must be bold and honest to inform his people that a path chosen could be changed when the odds begin to stare at us.
He insisted that the current global difficulties had stemmed from the double tragedy of COVID-19 and Russia-Ukraine war, saying “it should not be fatal even if we have to suspend some of our ambitious programmes”.
Touching on the number of IMF bailouts the country had undergone since 1966, he said President Akufo- Addo’s period is the longest period of time the nation had survived on her own economic strength.
“Such sterling and phenomenal leadership calls for commendation, and shows a competent management team. The condition which has caused Ghana to seek directives from IMF is not mismanagement, as it was in the era of NDC administration,” he said.