The flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has accused President John Mahama and his government of doing little to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.
According to the CPP flagbearer, job creation is the yardstick to determine how well a country’s economy is doing.
“But in Ghana, statistics show that there is no real job creation taking place in the country. There are no real opportunities for jobs for our graduates and the youth”, he added.
He pointed out that over the years, the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had created an economy that was not based on creating or adding value to the local resources and products.
“The two political parties only paid lip service to placing value on our manufacturing industries. They just wanted power to rule for their own self-enrichment”, he added.
Addressing a press conference in Takoradi yesterday, Mr Greenstreet mentioned that the CPP believed that developing countries would not be able to succeed unless those states became the drivers of the economy and gave support to the private sector.
He mentioned that in countries like Malaysia, China and South Korea, the states were the drivers of the economy and supported the private sector to develop those countries.
“If Ghana fails to create employment, it will remain as it is. But the new CPP government will offer entirely new policies that would improve the economy and make the private sector thrive”, he stressed.
The CPP flagbearer was not enthused about the fact that President Mahama and his NDC government had failed to honour their promise to hand over offices and other properties belonging to the CPP but which were taken over by government.
He indicated that in his 2015 State of the Nation Address, President Mahama told Ghanaians that with respect to the properties of the CPP taken over by government, he had referred the matter to the Attorney General’s office for advice.
“So we wished that at the current State of the National Address, the President would have found time to let us know as a party what is the current with respect to our properties, especially in the Western Region where the building housing the Regional Education Office is a property of the CPP”, he opined.
He stated, “Maybe it was an oversight on the part of the president, but we in the CPP are not happy with this oversight and we implore the president to let us know when the CPP can get its properties back”.
Mr Greenstreet revealed that under the regime of former President Kufuor, some properties belonging to the CPP were retrieved for the party and other individual members during the Reconciliation Exercise.
“However, most of our properties have not been retrieved or compensation paid to the CPP and this is making things difficult for the party”, he added.
He revealed that the CPP would soon respond to President Mahama’s 2016 State of the National Address on topic-by-topic basis.
For his part, Edmund Delle, National Chairman of the CPP indicated that 2016 was the time the party should wrest power from the NDC.
“Ghana is at a crossroads. The economy of the country is suffering and the only way to solve the country’s myriad problems is for the people to give political power back to the CPP”, he asserted.
He explained that it was only the CPP that had succeeded in improving the economy of this country.