Former President John Mahama has asked President Akufo-Addo to give way to the National Democratic Congress to fix the challenges of the country if he cannot deal with them.

According to him, it is poor leadership for the President to continue to blame him and his erstwhile government for the challenges of the country despite being in power for five years.

“Leadership is about responsibility. It is only a poor leader who shirks responsibilities and shift blames. We had power crisis– dumsor in this country– because of lack of investment in generation for many years, and so we were consuming more power than we generated. That was the situation I met, and yet I did not say it is not my fault. I went to Parliament, took responsibility for it and promised to fix it, which we did,” Mr Mahama said at the 40th Anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra Friday.

He stressed: “Today somebody [President Akufo-Addo] claims he inherited a weak economy, which he hasn’t been able to be responsible for, 5 years on. It’s always about Mahama and NDC. If he [Nana Akufo-Addo] can not do the job, he should give way for the NDC to do it for you.”

Akufo-Addo on hardships in Ghana

President Akufo-Addo has admitted things are difficult in the country but notes it is not his fault.

“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. I am hopeful that if you all support the vision of this government, we will be able to turn things around,” the President said this at Juaben in the Ashanti Region when he commissioned the party’s constituency office complex on Saturday.

The comments come on the back of the public outcry over the decision by government to introduce a levy on electronic cash transactions.

Despite the sustained protest by a section of the public, government insists the levy must pass in order to resuscitate the economy.

Meanwhile, Parliament has passed the appropriation bill amidst disagreements.

The vexed matter of the E-Levy which the finance committee failed to consider over disagreements compelled the House to adjourn sitting to next week Monday.

This is contrary to plans for the House to rise for the Christmas break after sitting. The Majority side led by its leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu wanted both the appropriation bill and the E-Levy bill to be considered by the finance minister before sitting ended.