John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has presented his ideas for a “24-hour economy” policy.
John Dramani Mahama believes that this will help stop the worrying trend of Ghana’s youth risking their lives to travel across the Mediterranean and Sahara to Europe in search of better opportunities.
Speaking during the 50th anniversary of the Sunyani Catholic Diocese, Mahama reaffirmed his commitment to enacting the policy, citing the severe circumstances brought about by the dearth of work prospects for Ghana’s dynamic youth.
Read Excerpt of What John Dramani Mahama said Below
“Our youth are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of jobs and are losing faith in the future of our country.
Ghanaian youth are voicing their disillusionment by risking their lives in dangerous migrations across the Sahara and the Mediterranean to enter Europe. We can reverse this trend by strengthening our economy and creating more jobs for our young people. This is an urgent call to action
My 24-hour economy concept goes beyond just a night economy to boost tourism,” Mahama emphasized.
I envision an economy where all business sectors will operate a three-shift system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in an atmosphere of safety and security.
This 24-hour economy will be voluntary, not imposed. Businesses will be incentivized to participate by enjoying tax breaks and lower electricity tariffs for operating during off-peak hours. Special meters employ what is known as ‘Time of Use’ (TOU) tariffs to provide cheaper power to such businesses.