The Anglican Diocesan Bishop of Tamale, Right Reverend Dennis Debukari Tong, has said that the single-digit inflation being hyped by the government, as evidence of prudent economic management, is a mere number to the ordinary citizen.
He said what is important to the ordinary Ghanaian citizen is to see the single-digit reflect in their ability to take care of their daily needs such as; health care, utility bills among others.
“The single-digit inflation we hear these days are just numbers. What is important to the ordinary Ghanaian is prices of cement and other building materials reduced to their pocket content, have money in their pockets, should have the ability to meet health costs, have access to light and water, and should have the ability to pay their bills, then, they can see the meaning of single-digit inflation, otherwise, it is meaningless and life also becomes meaningless,” he said
Right Reverend Dennis Debukari Tong said even though they believe the government is working to fix the nation, what they ask is for those in authority to accelerate the process.
He made these comments when he addressed the 10th Diocesan Synod of the Anglican Diocese in the Northern Regional capital town of Tamale on the theme: “Building the Diocese: A Collective Responsibility of all the gifted”.
Right Rev. Tong said government must be seen to be serious with repairs on the country’s economy.
“Despite successive governments’ efforts and commitment to address the many challenges of the nation, synod is sad to notice that the situation is not improving,” he said
He was also not happy about current youth unemployment, saying it had become one of the greatest dangers the country is confronted with.
“There are thousands of graduates who are struggling to make ends meet, and yet their dreams of hooking up a job after school are shuttered, rendering them hopeless in a nation with milk and honey.”
He said if Ghanaians believe the future belongs to the youth, then there is the need to stop the rhetoric and get serious about creating a brighter, confident, and hopeful future for them.
If we say the youth are the future managers of our beloved country, then let us stop the rhetoric and get serious to get them brighter, confident, and hopeful future.” Right Rev. Tong said
Right Rev. Tong also raised concerns about the apathy that is gradually eating into the Ghanaian fabric, especially with the youth who care less about anything Ghana.
He urged those in authority to look at youth unemployment with utmost care and as topmost priority adding that there is a need for something positive, concrete, and reassuring to address the huge youth unemployment in the country now, to reduce youth desperation, frustration, hopelessness, and the lack of direction, to avert a most likely bombshell waiting to explode.