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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has entreated government to be transparent in managing the economy to earn the trust of the citizens.

He said the time for all hands to be on deck is now, regardless of political affiliation, to prevent the economy from total collapse.

Otumfuo was speaking at the 56th congregation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

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“Our debt level as a country has become unsustainable pushing the government to roll out a domestic debt exchange programme that aims to restructure the nation’s domestic debt and ensure some fiscal space for the country to operate.

“Sadly, it appears adequate public consultations did not take place before the programme commenced. The nation is currently in a tense mood even though government has announced the completion of the domestic debt exchange program.

“In order to produce outcomes that will be in the best interest of everyone and promote peace and development, I want to implore government to demonstrate high level of transparency and be candid in these difficult times in order to win the trust and confidence of the general public,” he implored.

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The Asantehene further advised that “government should be more accommodating and reach out to those who may even be opposed to them, politically. The interest of the country is paramount and we must all work together to prevent the collapse of the economy.”

By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|