Award-winning investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni

Award-winning investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has reacted to President Akufo-Addo’s directive to the Finance Minister to engage the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the ace journalist wrote, “You can do all the propaganda you want, but if the fundamentals of the economy are weak, IMF will expose you”.

The comments by Manasseh Azure adds to the hundreds of social media reactions, following the news about government’s decision to seek fiscal support from the Fund.

In a series of tweets and posts monitored by Myjoyonline.com, scores of Ghanaians have expressed their misgivings about government’s decision to request assistance from the Fund.

According to some of them, the move may not augur well for the fortunes of Ghana’s economy.

Some social media users have also accused President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government of ‘double-standards’, following the directive.

In expressing their shock, they said, they did not expect government to resort to the Fund, after the Finance Minister had earlier assured that government will resort to ‘home-grown’ solutions in reversing the ailing economy.

Contrary to this assurance however, a statement signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, on Friday, July 1, revealed that the President has directed the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to ‘commence formal engagements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), inviting the Fund to support an economic programme put together by the government of Ghana’.

Do all the propaganda but if the economy is weak the IMF will expose you - Manasseh Azure
Government’s communication on IMF engagement

Meanwhile, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is expected to address a press conference at 2:00pm today at the Party’s headquarters in Accra.