‘Suicide never an answer’ — Mahama encourages Ghanaians amid economic hardship

Former President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday urged Ghanaians to soldier on despite the economic hardship and rising inflation.

Mahama cautioned against suicidal thoughts saying taking one’s life is “never an answer ” to escape the untold hardship.

The former President’s comment comes after a teenager took his life at Kasoa in the Central Region in response to the untold hardships.

The young man identified as Kakra, according to eyewitnesses, climbed the pylon and was electrocuted shortly.

Prior to that, he bitterly lamented how life has become unbearable for him due to the high cost of living.

Attempts by onlookers and first responders to persuade him to rescind his decision prove futile.

Writing on Twitter Wednesday, October 19, 2022, John Dramani Mahama gave assurance that the dire economic conditions will be a thing of the past.

He further implored Ghanaians to be “each other’s keeper and keep hope alive”

Although encouraging the general public, the 2020 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stated the “levels of hardships in Ghana are dire and worst in three decades.”

Inflation

Inflation (year-on-year) shot up by 3.3% to 37.2% in the month of September, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has revealed.

This is against 33.9% recorded in August 2022.

According to the GSS, five groups recorded inflation rates higher than the national average in September.

They were Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, and Other fuels (68.8%); Furnishings, Household Equipment, and Routine Household Maintenance (51.1%); Transport (48.6%); Personal Care, Social Protection and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (42.6%) as well as Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (37.8%).

The implementation of the utility tariff in September 2022 influenced the surge in inflation in Housing, Water, Electricity, and other Fuels group.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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