Issuing a statement on going to IMF was a terrible idea, Prez should’ve addressed Ghanaians- Expert

A political communications expert, Dr Etse Sikanku, has described the decision by the government to communicate going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through a press statement as a bad one.

The lecturer and researcher at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), is, therefore, advising President Akufo-Addo to address Ghanaians on the reasons why Ghana is going to the IMF.

He suggested that the President should have addressed Ghanaians and explained the need for the country to seek support from the IMF but not through the press statement issued by the Finance Minister.

The President, through the Information Minister, announced the government’s decision to engage the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to seek a bailout for the country’s economy after the E-LEVY failed to meet its expected target.

The Finance Ministry followed up with a 15-page document explaining in detail why Ghana is seeking a bailout identifying the Russian-Ukraine war and the outbreak of Covid-19 as some of the najor reasons for the move.

Speaking on the subject matter, Dr Sikanku added that the president addressing the nation before engaging the IMF would have helped address concerns that people have about the decision.

”We never heard from the President when this was done. The point I am making is that at the point of the announcement, the press is okay. But for such an issue of such high magnitude, it should have been very helpful if we had the Chief Executive himself do that announcement or speak to Ghanaians from the heart and carry the Ghanaian people along. Just issuing the statement doesn’t say much because a lot of people are yearning for explanations. They want their curiosity to be satisfied and when you create that vacuum, a lot of assumptions are held,” he argued.

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