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“According to Sophia Akuffo, the younger generation has been let down by our generation to a great extent.”

Retired Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has expressed her disappointment in her generation’s failure to transfer the hope they had as children post-independence to the current generation. She acknowledged that her generation has failed the younger generation big time, and that they have not been able to sustain the hope they had in their hearts.

Akuffo also stated that she has been disappointed in every government since the Fourth Republican Constitution was established, as they have all failed to uphold constitutionalism and eroded many standards and principles. However, she believes that Ghana must turn around its current leadership and development trajectory, and that it is not a matter of whether they can but that they must.

Recently, Akuffo joined pensioner bondholders who had been picketing at the Ministry of Finance to demand total exclusion from the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme. She criticized the government’s handling of the programme and the country’s general economic situation. Her involvement drew heavy backlash from New Patriotic Party stalwart Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, to which Akuffo responded by calling him a nuisance who did not matter to her.

The subscription window for the DDEP has been closed, with an 85% subscription rate, and Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has assured pensioners that their maturing coupons will be honored even though they opted out of the programme. Ofori-Atta is scheduled to appear before Parliament on February 16, 2023, to answer questions about the programme.

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