The Vice President of the Republic, Mahamudu Bahamian has challenged anyone who has data to prove that any first term government has provided more infrastructure than the Akufo-Addo administration should step up and provide the evidence.
Speaking on the sidelines of COVID-19 at the Jubilee House on Monday, 4th May 2020, Vice President Bawumia indicated that some members of the opposition NDC, especially former President Mahama has sought to downplay the infrastructure achievement of Akufo-Addo administration in the vein hope that Ghanaians would not independently check. “But I can say without any fear of contradiction, the data shows that in the history of the 4th Republic there’s no government that has provided as much infrastructure across all sectors in it’s first term than the first term government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. If you want to challenge that, please bring your data”, he declared.
Recalling the precarious situation the Akufo-Addo government inherited, a little over 3 decades ago including 4 years of dumsor with it’s cost, negative industry growth, decline in agricultural growth, a freeze on public sector recruitment, abolition of teacher training allowance, abolition of nurses training allowance and the worse macroeconomic performance (2013-2016) since 2000. Vice President Bawumia emphasized that the Akufo-Addo administration had not only reverse this rot, but has made giant strides in all sectors of the economy.
“The government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been in office for a little over 3 years. Even though there’s still a lot to do, any objective assessment of our performance will agree that we’ve performed much much better than the situation we inherited at the beginning of 2017. All the major indicators – Agriculture, industry, Inflation, interest rates, job creation, education, provision of essential services, resourcing the security and anti-corruption agencies, justices delivery, and many more show we have performed better”.
“We’v done all of this while providing infrastructure in schools all across the country to ensure the success of Free SHS, while building health infrastructure and constructing roads. Contractors are getting paid, every sector of the economy is witnessing major infrastructure development. All of these works are going on even now despite the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Throwing a direct challenge to the former President, Dr Bawumia stated. “The true test of the robustness of an economy can be measured in a time of crises. Dumsor (internal) and COVID (external). What mitigating measures did the NDC under John Mahama provide for businesses and individuals? They rather increased electricity and fuel prices, cancelled teacher and nursing allowances, among others”.
“We (Akufo-Addo government) have been able to do all this because we’ve built a strong economy in a way that allows us to continue to do these and more even amidst a global pandemic. The data is clear. My humble advice to the former President is to take a look at the data (not Green Book data) and try to understand it before you speak otherwise you’d embarrass yourself”. See the image below!