Ghanaians have been urged to take the 2019 budget statement by the Akufo-Addo government with a pinch of salt.

According to a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jean Marie, the supposed “Hope Budget” is rather coming to exacerbate the suffering of the citizenry.

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Ghanaians are expectant of the budget which government has promised will put monies in pockets.

Government sources say the budget will focus more on infrastructure and also put in place measures to boost the economy.

But the Minority in Parliament has painted a rather gloomy picture.

They advised the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to use the 2019 budget statement to spell out how the mounting debt in the energy sector will be brought under control.

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In support, Jean Marie on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Thursday said the NPP, since it came to power, has increased Ghana’s debt with very little to show.

The consequences of such fruitless borrowing, she stated, has resulted in the untoward hardships on Ghanaians.

The NDC woman bemoaned how the NPP came to power on the back of juicy promises but has made life unbearable for Ghanaians.

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The only advice she has to offer, Jean Marie said, is for Ghanaians to put their hope in God and not on the “hopeless budget of President Akufo-Addo” she noted.