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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has once again blame John Mahama for mismanaging the country’s economy when he was in government.
Citing dumsor, cancelation of the nurses and teacher trainees allowances, high electricity tariff amongst others, the vice president says the NPP has the economy better.
“Mr. Mahama gave Ghana five years of dumsor. He messed up Ghana’s economy badly. His government couldn’t pay for a lot of things. Dumsor was brought about as a result of the mismanagement of the economy by Mr. Mahama. While in opposition, we said that dumsor was a financial problem rather than a technical one.” he said.
He also indicated that Mahama cancel several interventions by government because he could not pay for them.
“The Mahama government couldn’t pay just GHS70 million as allowance for teacher trainees and, so, had to cancel it. They also cancelled nurse trainee allowance because they couldn’t pay. Every year, there was an average 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs under the Mahama administration. Taxes kept rising.” he indicated.
Dr. Bawumia further said about 82 microfinance companies collapsed under the former President but the NPP has turned things around.
“While in opposition, I warned that there was a looming banking crisis. Now, since 2017, we have changed things for the better. I’m not saying we have achieved 100 per cent, but, at least, a lot of things have changed. Dumsor is no more. Teacher and nurse trainee allowances are being paid. Arabic teachers’ allowance is being paid. Debts owed the National Health Insurance Scheme have been cleared. Electricity tariffs have been reduced.”
“We are spending GHS2.2 billion every year on free senior high school education which has enabled 1.2 million students to gain access to second-cycle education even though Mr Mahama said if he had GHS2.2 billion he will never spend it on free SHS” he added.
Dr. Mahamudu was speaking in an interview at Nimdee FM in Sunyani on Thursday, 24 September 2020, as part of his tour of the Bono Region.
Source: Ghana Waves