Outspoken Journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr. Kwesi Pratt has decried the recent high cost of living in the country. He has expressed his worries and disappointment in the recent communiques and statements issued by the government on the state of the economy.
According to the firebrand media guru, the reality is a clearly a contradiction to the mantra of the government. He believes that, the government is off track on its development agenda, while drawing lines for the leaders to strictly follow their promises to provide a promising and alternative solutions to the pains of the average Ghanaian.
Speaking in an interview on Good Morning Ghana show hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey, Mr. Kwesi Pratt bemoaned the high levels of youth unemployment and registered his resentment over the statement from the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta that the government payroll is full. Kwesi Pratt believes that, job creation and employment is the sole responsibility of government, and should be blamed for unemployment crisis in the country.
Speaking further, he lamented on the high cost of goods and services, high taxes and high import duties on manufactured goods. He revealed that, his sources through unverified information show that the cost of importing cement products is lower than setting up a cement factory in Ghana. However, Kwesi Pratt was fast to add that the information he has received has not been verified yet.
He continued to decry the hardships in the Ghanaian society. Mr. Pratt is of the conviction that there should be a summit on job creation for Ghanaian politcal leaders and entrepreneurs, to sensitize them on the opportunities to absorb the unemployed youths. He finally made a proposal for the country to plan the job market for the next 10 years.
He said, "I am sitting here and asking myself that what happened to the mantra. Clearly, what is read to us is very troubling. Last week, I heard something and to be honest with you, I have not fully verified yet. You pay low taxes if you just import cement. If you build infrastructure for the production, you pay more taxes than just importing. If this is the case, it would be insane."
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