Following the decision taken by the government to seek loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail the country out from its current economic challenges, many Ghanaians see the idea as laudable whilst others oppose to the agenda.
However based on the divergents opinions shared by Ghanaians, Opera News Correspondent in the Ashanti Region, King Amoah took to the streets to gather public opinions on whether or not people embraces the idea of the IMF loan.
From the reports gathered, government was in the right direction to go and borrow to help fix the challenges confronting the country.
But what is more, some citizens indicated that for the fact that economic crisis is a global issue as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and the Russia and Ukraine war, some government policies allegedly contribute to the hardships in the country.
The citizens on this note passionately appealed to the authorities of the IMF to advise Nana Akuffo Addo as a President of the Republic to cancel some of the policies before the loan should be given out.
This is because some government policies allegedly drain the state coffers without seeing positive results they bring it to the state.
Mr Benjamin Benaios a broadcast journalist in a leading radio station in Kumasi cited about the free Senior High School concept and how it is milking the country dry.
He said the concept was though laudable, the implementation have a negative impact on the country in terms of the criteria of offer admissions to students to study.
Benjamin alleged that the unlimited aggregates system that qualify even aggregate 50 holders to gain free admissions into secondary schools are very strange.
Asking that with such a system where can government mobilise funds to feed students, buy educational materials to enhance learning, meeting salaries and allowances of teachers.
Such policy the journalist hinted, is one of the contributing factors resulting to the teachers strikes and other industrial tensions.
A retired business consultant Mr Charles Agyeman described certain job creations in the country by the current government as a complete waste of national resources referring apparently to Nabco, community policing among others.
Parks and Gardens Zoological Departments among other alleged inactive government organizations where workers are paid every months but the nation hardly benefits from its existence are also not helping the country to stand on its feet, Agyeman noted.
An economist Dr Jonas Afriyie also alleged that the creation of additional District Assemblies are also part of the issues making Ghana to allegedly going bankrupt.
Dr Afriyie observed that the economy can be fixed back with the IMF loan, if IMF officials prevail on the government to cancel
certain policies that never favors the economy.
Madam Akosua Mansa trader at Kumasi Bantama reiterated that the problems confronting the country can be curbed if effective mechanisms are put in place to check corruption.
Among others, our polls suggested that if IMF advise the government to cancel some of its policies and offer Ghana the loan it is requesting, it would go a long way to bail the country out from its economic challenges.
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