Mr. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, has roused contention with remarks on John Dramani Mahama’s proposal for a 24-hour economy.
Speaking at the 2023 Sekote Tenglebgre Festival, he talked about his uneasiness Mahama’s initiative. He is of the view that the above stated policy would hinder couples from spending time together.
Minister Yakubu, during his speech hoisted the importance of quality time with spouses. He mentioned that, “The vice president is saying that he understands the region. He says this 24-hour economy, my brothers; when we work in our farms and we are tired we have to sleep with our wives ooo.”
These comments, made on behalf of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, portrayed the policy as a possible disruption in the balance between work and personal life.
The festival aimed to promote comprehensive environmental protection. Yakubu’s statements resonated with dismay about the potential consequences of a 24-hour work cycle.
On the other side, Mahama’s vision for the 24-hour economy involves a holistic approach that empowers the youth, creates jobs, and develops the economy. Mahama, on International Youth Day, outlined plans for a sustainable future, including incentivizing a 24-hour economy for manufacturers.
He pledged to equip the youth with entrepreneurial skills. He also promised to reduce taxes on businesses and maximize the capacity of agriculture and agribusiness. This comprehensive approach aims to cater for unemployment, the rising cost of living, and also the lack of opportunities for youth.
Mahama’s vision contrasts with Yakubu’s fret, presenting a nuanced view on the likelihood of benefits as well as setbacks with a 24-hour economy. This adds depth to the ongoing discourse about Ghana’s economic strategies.
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