Former President John Dramani Mahama has said it is “easier to give political lectures on the economy than to manage it”.
He indicated that any economic lecturer can give a lecture on the economy but it is very different when it comes to practicality.
Responding to the cry of yam sellers over the collapse of their businesses during his campaigns in the Tatale Constituency of the Northern Region, Mr Mahama blamed the woes of the farmers on the poor management of the economy.
He said, a little research conducted over the collapse of the yam market indicates that because of the hardship in the country, the buyers have to go for credit from the banks and the banks are also collapsing.
He said the roads to transport the yams are in a poor state and abandoned by government even though the previous administration had started rehabilitation works.
The bad roads he said, has resulted in drivers charging exorbitant prices to convey the commodity from farms to the markets.
“So everything is linked to each other and it takes somebody who understands the market and reality of governing to know that if you are collapsing banks it is going to affect traders and farmers,” he stated adding that: “And that is what the economics lecturers who are just theorists can come and lecture but don’t understand that the practical of running government is completely different.”
According to Mr Mahama one can do all the propaganda to win political power, but in government, the reality of the lives of the people will expose you.
He noted that, it is also easier to make electoral promises than to fulfill them and it is no surprising that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is mismanaging the country’s economy.
He said the NDC has done it before and would help alleviate the hardship Ghanaians are going through if it wins the 2020 general elections.