Award-winning Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson

Award-winning Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, has urged the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to apologise to Ghanaians, amidst the current economic difficulties.

Her call follows a decision by government to resort to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for economic assistance.

According to her, an apology from government will show ‘honest leadership’, which many citizens are likely to appreciate.

In an earlier tweet on Friday, July 1, the Nollywood actress indicated that the NPP ‘oversold’ itself to Ghanaians, and therefore the need to apologise to citizens in the face of the contrary circumstances.

“NPP should just come and apologize to Ghanaians and admit that they oversold themselves. That’s the kind of honest leadership we need and I’m sure many will respect. But politics nti, they will continue to play the blame game …”, Lydia Forson noted.

On Friday, July 1, hundreds of Ghanaians were in uproar, following the news of government’s decision to seek assistance from the IMF.

In a statement by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, he revealed that President Akufo-Addo has directed the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to engage the Fund for a possible bailout amidst the country’s economic challenges.

Subsequently, scores of aggrieved citizens trooped to social media to decry the development.

Some of the agitated citizens later proceeded to the IMF’s official Facebook page to campaign against any support for Ghana.

“Have you been approached by Ken Ofori Atta? The finance minister of Omofia (Ghana). He will come and do his face mobomobo but odeishe don’t mind him. When he comes, tell him to go for MTN Quick loan wai”, one of the aggrieved persons commented on an IMF Facebook post.

Meanwhile, a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to arrive in Ghana on Wednesday, July 6 to begin negotiations with government on the economic support it is seeking.

The IMF officials – comprising senior officers from the Fund and local staff – will meet officials of the Finance Ministry, the Economic Management Team and the Presidency during their stay, according to reports.

Among other reasons, their visit to the country would largely involve deliberations on the modalities for a package to support Ghana’s ailing economy.

It is expected that details of the bailout programme and its conditionalities will be made public after several engagements.