Franklin Cudjoe the founder and President of MANI Africa, has encouraged Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to focus on outlining his plans to address Ghana’s struggling economy instead of responding to John Mahama’s 24-hour economy proposal.
He emphasized that Dr. Bawumia should concentrate on delivering his campaign messages, as the upcoming 2024 general elections hold significant importance for both the NDC and the NPP.
During the Building Ghana Tour, Mahama emphasized that establishing a 24-hour economy stands as one of the fundamental pillars of his campaign platform for the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
He contended that such a policy would stimulate economic growth and generate employment opportunities. Mahama pledged to empower Ghana’s youth with the necessary knowledge and skills crucial for a sustainable future.
He outlined that in 2025, an NDC government would introduce a 24-hour economy, offering incentives and tax exemptions to manufacturers running additional shifts, aiming to expand employment opportunities. Additionally, he expressed plans for an NDC administration to alleviate the tax burdens imposed by the NPP, which, according to him, has diminished Ghana’s status as a premier investment destination in Africa.
Bawumia criticized Mahama, suggesting that Mahama lacks an understanding of a 24-hour economy and, hence, should not be considered for the 2024 general elections. Bawumia highlighted the ongoing implementation of a 24-hour system in sectors like hospitals and fuel companies as evidence of this policy in Ghana.
Franklin Cudjoe emphasized the importance of messaging during an election year, acknowledging the prevalent focus on the 24-hour economy and existing concepts like the blue and green economies.
He questioned the lack of discussion around Bawumia’s previous mention of the blue economy, emphasizing its significance in optimizing resources.
Cudjoe suggested that Bawumia might have overlooked the chance to engage in discussions regarding optimization within the blue economy by responding to Mahama’s proposal in a dismissive manner. Instead, he recommended that Bawumia’s camp concentrate on outlining strategies for economic transformation without getting sidetracked by distractions.
He advised that Bawumia should communicate his plans for revitalizing the economy to Ghanaians, warning that the conversation is shifting away from the NPP flagbearer, urging him to remain cautious and focused.