Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been responding to some concerns, assertions, and allegations made by former president John Dramani Mahama.
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The NDC leader in his last two Facebook live conversation, raised issues about Ghana’s economy not being strong and resilient like some top government officials in the NPP administration want Ghanaians to believe.
John Mahama also said the Akufo-Addo government has failed to build infrastructure to support or match the country’s growth.
He also accused the NPP government of abandoning health care projects started by the NDC.
But speaking to journalists at the Jubilee House on the sideline of a Covid-19 meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020, Vice President Bawumia addressed the issues raised by Mr. Mahama.
YEN.com.gh takes a look at what Vice President Bawumia said. His response has also led to some Ghanaians commenting on social media.
1. Your weak economy couldn’t even mitigate the impact of dumsor – Bawumia jabs Mahama
Dr. Bawumia said Ghana’s economy was so fragile during John Dramani Mahama’s era that it couldn’t handle dumsor for four years.
He reminded former president John Mahama that the economy he superintended between 2012 and 2016 was so fragile that he couldn’t even mitigate and cushion people from an internally created problem like dumsor.
2. Akufo-Addo’s first term infrastructure best in 4th Republic – Bawumia
An angry Bawumia further challenged the former president and anyone who has data to prove that any first-term government has provided more infrastructure than the Akufo-Addo administration to step up and provide the evidence.
He chided Mr. Mahama for downplaying the infrastructure achievements of the Akufo-Addo administration in the vain 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 Fourth Republic there is no government that has provided as much infrastructure across all sectors in its 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.
3. Take a look at data before you speak
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia went ahead to advise former President Mahama to speak to incontrovertible data in his public utterances to avoid embarrassing himself.
“That notwithstanding, we have seen that the former President John Mahama has been making a number of statements and many of these statements have been proven not to be true or when you look at the data, they are not true,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Meanwhile, some Ghanaians have expressed disappointment in Dr. Bawumia for deciding to do politics when the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social media users added their words to the ongoing debate:
George Addo says Bawumia cannot compare dumsor to the COVID-19 crisis.
Big Daddy says the Vice President must focus.
Pascal says Dr. Bawumia and his government should pay attention to their manifesto promises and deliver on them.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the University of Ghana has led the ranking of tertiary institutions in the country in the 2020 Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking.
In Africa, the University of Ghana was ranked 20th but was ranked within the 800 – 1,000 band on a global scale.
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