February 21, 2024

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu says the 24-hour economy proposed by former President John Dramani Mahama if implemented will affect night sex drive in the family as a unit.

“The Vice President is saying that he understands the Region. He says this 24-hour economy, eiiii my brothers; when we work in our farms and we are tired we have to sleep with our wives ooo. We have to be with our wives ooo.”

He continued: “In the night you want us to go and be farming and then people will come and take our wives away? Naa, chairman we have to be careful with this 24-hour thing ooo.”

The Upper East Regional Minister noted while delivering a speech at the 2023 Sekote Tenglebgre Festival by the Chiefs and People of Sekoti in the Nabdam District, over the weekend and a video that captured the said comment has since gone viral.

Stephen Yakubu made the said comments in an apparent move to kick against the 24-hour economy campaign promise by former President John Mahama.

However, the Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency, Clement Apaak for, has fired a swift rebuttal to the position taken by the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu on the said 24-hour economy proposal.

“What has a 24-hour economy got to do with farming at night and sleeping or not sleeping with wives at night? Don’t men in 24-hour economies sleep with their wives? Even in war zones, couples manage to do the needful”, Clement Apaak noted on a post on his Facebook wall on Sunday.

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Clemet Apaak noted further: “The comments of the Upper East Regional Minister in reaction to JM’s much welcomed 24-hour economy proposal in the attached video typifies the silly and deliberate ignorance of Dr. Bawumia and the NPP.

“Indeed, Bawumia and the NPP have nothing to offer Ghanaians. Ghanaians are not that stupid to give the USELESS, corrupt, and reckless Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP gov’t an extension in office.

“No rational human being will choose a group that has inflicted such pain and suffering on him/her whiles living large as if there is no tomorrow. The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP gov’t must pay dearly for the excruciating hardship they have subjected Ghanaians to”, Mr. Apaak added.

On the same Sunday, Mr. Apaak returned to Facebook with yet another comment: “The more they attack JM’s 24-hour economy proposal, the more they look stupid, and the more the proposal gains popularity. Those claiming that the 24-hour economy only came to mind this year should find time to read the people’s manifesto (NDC manifesto) 2020 page 104 section 9.3.1 captures it. JM is indeed a visionary leader!”

Former John Dramani Mahama’s ‘24-hour economy’ proposal has been touted by many experts, including the general secretary of Ghana’s Trade Union Congress (TUC), Anthony Yaw Baah, as a ‘game changer’.

They say it is aimed at helping solve Ghana’s unemployment challenge.

Some Ghanaians, mostly from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), including the presidential candidate of the party, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, however, are not so enthused about the former president’s proposal.

They also argue that the policy is not novel because it is already being implemented in some sectors of Ghana’s economy and accuse Mahama of not understanding his own policy proposal.

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