Director of Communication for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa has reiterated that government cannot be blamed wholly for the increasing cost of living in the country.

According to him, the plight of citizens have worsened due to the high cost of imported products.

Speaking on Joy FM‘s Midday News, on Friday, he said: “Increasing cost of living is not just the government’s doing. We are actually importing the cost of living from abroad. We are a very import dependent economy. Most of the things we use in this country are imported.

Container charges have become extremely expensive. So all the things we are dependent on and importing are very expensive. So we are literally importing international price rise and inflation into the country.”

He revealed that government has recently admitted the unfavorable conditions Ghanaians are facing and is working to rectify the challenges.

“Nowhere have we shifted responsibility. The President has acknowledged that conditions are very difficult but we are addressing them.”

President Akufo-Addo while speaking to residents during the commissioning of an NPP constituency office complex at Juaben in the Ashanti Region on December 18 last year, admitted that Ghanaians are going through difficult times.

He, however, absolved himself from blame.

“I admit that Ghanaians are going through difficult times; some people are trying to say that it is my fault, but you know that is not the case. Yet, they will continue to say it.”

Meanwhile, Mr Buaben Asamoa has explained that despite the adverse effects the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the economy, the Akufo-Addo-led government has chalked several successes .

“The biggest gain over the year has been foreign relations. Where we have managed to get the Development Bank going with international support. Vaccine diplomacy has been a huge success.

Our flagship programmes are ongoing, especially roads. The President opened several 1D1Fs. Education reform is on track. Very importantly, enhanced internal security. The Police and Military equipment and support, we have strengthened them.

Our performance in the Covid-19 era has been strong so we are doing well. We are proud to be one of the 30 economies which are fast emerging from Covid-19 worldwide,” he said.

The NPP’s Director of Communication used the opportunity to clarify that the incumbent government ahead of the 2020 general elections made no promises to the people of Ghana.

“We didn’t promise. In 2020, our platform was one of consolidation. Our flagship programmes have been implemented from 2017 and we have consolidated them and we are reinvesting in them. We didn’t promise anything we are not doing,” he stated.

NULL Invalid API key or channelobject(stdClass)#8536 (1) { ["error"]=> object(stdClass)#8571 (3) { ["code"]=> int(403) ["message"]=> string(117) "The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your quota." ["errors"]=> array(1) { [0]=> object(stdClass)#8580 (3) { ["message"]=> string(117) "The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your quota." ["domain"]=> string(13) "youtube.quota" ["reason"]=> string(13) "quotaExceeded" } } } }