Saturday, 20 April

NDC couldn’t provide 12-hour economy, how can they provide 24-hour economy? – Abu Jinapor quizzes

Samuel Abu Jinapor

The Member of Parliament for Damongo Constituency, and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, has jabbed the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and its Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama, about their 24-hour economy, describing it as a mere slogan.

He said the NDC and Mr. Mahama, when entrusted with the economy for four years, plunged the country into dumsor, and could not even provide a 12-hour economy.

According to the Minister, this record of the NDC shows that they cannot be trusted with their supposed 24-hour economy.

Speaking at a ceremony in Damongo to acclaim him as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for the Damongo Constituency, on Saturday, 17th February, 2024, Mr. Jinapor said the NDC has failed to explain the so-called 24-hour economy to the ordinary Ghanaian, and their record in Government, which was marked by dumsor, is evident that they cannot provide a 24-hour economy.

The NPP, last month, held parliamentary primaries to elect their parliamentary candidates for constituencies with sitting Members of Parliament. In the Damongo Constituency, no person contested Mr. Jinapor, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament.

According to the party’s constitution, where only one person is nominated at the close of nominations, the person is acclaimed as the parliamentary candidate.

This is the second time in succession that Mr. Jinapor has gone unopposed in the Damongo constituency.

The ceremony to acclaim the Minister as the parliamentary candidate drew a number of dignitaries to the constituency, including the General Secretary of the Party, Justin Frimpong Kodua, the Minister for Roads and Highways and Member of Parliament for Bantama, Francis Asenso Boakye, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, and the Minister-designate for Information, Fatima Abubakar.

In his address at the ceremony, Mr. Jinapor called on Ghanaians to vote massively for the NPP presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

He said in just two months after his election, Dr. Bawumia has laid down his policies and strategies to take Ghana to the next level if elected as the President of the Republic.

He said Mr. Mahama, on the contrary, has not been able to make any substantive policy proposition to Ghanaians, but has rather asked for a period of honeymoon if elected.

According to Mr. Jinapor, even though the NDC has been touting a supposed 24-hour economy, they have failed to explain what this means to Ghanaians. “When you ask them what 24-hour economy means, they either say Jack Toronto, or something else.”

The Minister reiterated Mr. Mahama, when he became President, plunged the economy into dumsor, and collapsed small and medium scale businesses. He asked how someone who could not provide a day economy provide a night economy.

“For four years … in the day, tailors could not work, in the day, there was no economy for welders, carpenters, fitters, and thousands and millions of Ghanaians, how then are you going to provide a 24-hour economy,” Mr. Jinapor asked.

The Minister said contemporary development, across the world, revolves around technology, digitisation and digitalisation.

He said, even as Vice President, Dr. Bawumia has championed policies that will bring the much-needed development to Ghanaians, and has proven that if elected as President, he can take Ghana to the next level.

He called on Ghanaians to rally behind the NPP and Dr. Bawumia to continue the progressive policies the Government is implementing.