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Former President, John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, led scores of National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives and supporters on a walk to sensitize Ghanaians on his proposed 24-hour economy policy.
Attendees joined the procession through the principal streets of the Kumasi metropolis, where the NDC flagbearer made a stop at the Kejetia Market to address participants and traders.
Mr Mahama was grateful to the people of Ashanti region for the massive support he and his party have received from them over the years.
“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the good people of Kumasi and the Ashanti Region. I am overwhelmed by your support and participation in the 24-hour economy sensitisation walk that took place today. It was a massive turnout, and the enthusiasm from everyone – shop owners, traders, motorists, passers-by, and residents – has warmed my heart, he said.
He added: “I am humbled by your unwavering support, and I want to reassure everyone that the National Democratic Congress has the best interests of all Ghanaians at heart. Thank you, Ashanti Region. Together, we will build the Ghana we want and ensure a better future for all”.
Mr Mahama took time to explain the proposed 24-hour Economy policy and emphasized it would help to address Ghana’s unemployment challenges.
“24-hour economy is being implemented in other countries, it is not something new at all. Pharmacies, pump stations, and sawmills were all operating when we were all kids. How come some companies now close at 5 pm, 8 pm. Can’t the Kejetia Market operate a 24-hour economy for people to buy stuff? We will provide security and transport for people to work at night. Other measures will be put in place to ensure that the 24-hour economy works.”
“The government doesn’t deserve another term, it failed to deliver its promises to the traders after the fire outbreak in the market. The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, reneged on his promise of renovating the market. The market is in a sorry state. Don’t worry, the next NDC government will renovate for you,” he promised.
He indicated his party’s committed to implementing policies like the 24-hour economy to promote inclusive economic growth and provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.