On September 8, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other international leaders sent their condolences to the United Kingdom in honor of the Queen Elizabeth II, who had been that country’s longest-reigning monarch.
In a Facebook post, the president described her as “the rock that kept the organization [Commonwealth of Nations] sturdy and true to its positive beliefs”.
Akufo-Addo also ordered that the national flag be flown at half-staff for seven days starting today, Friday, September 9, 2022.
While mourning the loss of the Queen, some social media users, particularly on Facebook and Twitter, have urged the president and the ruling New Patriotic Party not to use her passing as an excuse for the nation’s deteriorating economic conditions.
“Her death shouldn’t affect our economy ooo baba. We beg,” a Facebook user with the name Packson Kwesi Elikem wrote under the president’s post.
“We are only hoping that our economic woes will not be blamed on the death of the Queen in the coming days,” another user added
On Twitter, some individuals criticized the president and urged him to concentrate on Ghana’s economy, while others mockingly urged him to tell his team that they were prepared to use the Queen as an excuse.
“Tell your team that we are ready for the news wai……Come and tell us in some few weeks to come that her death has really affected the economy greatly,” King Datus tweeted.
“The people of Ghana are thinking of themselves….they have not sent you to extend any condolences biaaaa on our behalf….. Go and fix the Economy,” a user with the name High Priest tweeted.
The government of Ghana has laid much of the blame for the collapse of the economy on the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Rising living expenses, historically high inflation rates, and economic downgrades by rating agencies like S&P and Fitch have all made it difficult for the government to access the global financial market.
The government first contacted the IMF for a program in July as a result of the economy’s deteriorating condition.
Once a program agreement is established, it is reported that Ghana will seek $3 billion from the IMF over a three-year period. The latest loan request was for $2.5 billion, which was double the previous $1.5 billion goal set by the administration.
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