President Mahama said Ghana’s media is being controlled by a cabal who are blocking his message of transformation.
The President in an interview with Ovation Magazine said Ghana’s media is being controlled by a cabal who are blocking his message of transformation.
“It is populism, a certain group has taken control of the media in Ghana and it makes it difficult for people to discern the truth. So as much as you are putting out the information, it is either being blocked or distorted,”he said.
He said this is a situation which has made it difficult for the general public to appreciate the works of the governing NDC since they took office in 2009.
President Mahama also said in terms of the economic challenges facing the country, the government has done enough to put the foundation of the economy in place for a better future.
“We have heard the complaints and it is the very reason that we are doing all that we are doing so that the people will live a better life. Honestly, if you do not build the infrastructure, unemployment will get worse because you need to build certain foundation upon which the economy can grow and create the jobs that you want”
“All the things we are doing is what will grow the economy. If an investor comes into this country and he cannot get a school to send his children to, no roads to move their goods, no good hospitals for their staff and so on, he may just go elsewhere. You need the social infrastructure to act as a kind of stimulus that would create jobs and put money in people’s pockets,” he added.
He denied allegations that the NDC in its term has incurred huge debts than any other government in the fourth republic.
"If you look at the facts, it is absolutely untrue that we are incurring debt because post HIPC, Ghana had a debt write off. But if you look at the period from 2006 until 2008, under the NPP government, they virtually doubled the debt again after it had been written off. We will release what the debt figures were from independence till now, we will show the structure to Ghanaians. Our debt profile is currently $24 billion and in total, that is dollar and cedi debt, GHc104 billion."
“But if you look carefully at the graph, our debt profile is declining and that is because we have now put in place a public debt management strategy.Before, any state-owned enterprise that borrowed money, it was added unto the public debt, but what we have done now is to create a Public Debt Management Strategy that says that state-owned enterprises must borrow off their own balance sheets,” he argued.