Franklin Cudjoe is President of IMANI CPE
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The IMANI Centre for Policy and Education’s Franklin Cudjoe believes the parliamentary ad-hoc committee probing the leaked tape suspected to be plotting the removal of Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is a misplaced priority.

He says there are many pressing issues that requires attention more than spending time and resources on police officers who “gossiped” over their boss.

In a Facebook post sighted by OnuaOnline Thursday, September 14, 2023, Mr. Cudjoe said Ghana’s 40.1% inflation is “still higher than 98% of African economies.”

According to him, the committee should redirect its efforts towards helping to curb the skyrocketing inflation in the country rather than probing a tape which contains nothing but a gossip.

“Lending rates [are] still at their murderous rates & taxes have damaged entrepreneurship. These matter more than Police gossip, which Atta Akyea [is chairing, and] must end Now!” he said.

Ghana’s inflation rate saw its lowest point in August for so many months according to the Ghana Statistical Service. The Service has provided that since October 2022, the drop from 43.1% in July to 40.1% in August 2023 is the most gradual rate.

The primary cause of the development according to Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim, the government Statistician, is food prices. Food inflation saw a reduction from 55% in July to 51.9% in August, while non-food price growth decreased from 33.8% to 30.9%.

Also, inflation for imported goods according to Prof. Annim registered a lower rate compared to locally produced items. While locally produced items recorded an inflation rate of 42.4%, imported items had an inflation rate of 36.2%.

Meanwhile, the drop, according to the statistician does not represent a sustained trend since it is too early to call.

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