General News of Tuesday, 13 September 2016
President John Mahama has indicated that Ghana’s economic transformation will take off next year if he is a given a second term.
The President’s comment comes on the heels of a recent lecture by the running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia which questioned the President’s management of Ghana’s economy, especially when he had spoken of an economic take off in previous years.
But According to the President, Ghana’s potential to be a net exporter of food, power, education and healthcare in the West African sub-region will flourish completing what he calls a solid foundation he has laid in his first term.
President Mahama while speaking at the Eid-ul-Adha commemoration on Monday said “across all sectors we are laying a solid foundation for the imminent take off of what I call an economic transformation, God willing in my second term in office.”
“I envision Ghana becoming a net exporter of food, power, education and healthcare to the rest of the ECOWAS sub-region. Through the implementation of this economic transformation and other policy initiative, we will create for Ghanaians massive employment and economic development opportunities. But let us work together, let us be each other’s keeper and let us love our neighbors as ourselves,” he added.
How many more foundations will Mahama build?
Dr. Bawumia, had mocked President Mahama’s continuous campaign mantra of having built a solid foundation, wondering how many more foundations the President wants to build, especially when he has also claimed that the economy has already taken off. In the view of the economist, President Maham has only destroyed the robust Ghanaian economic foundation built by former President John Agyekum Kufuor, from 2001 to 2008.
“The truth is that the foundation was already laid by the Kufuor government. President Mahama has spent the last eight years destroying the foundation and replacing it with a weak foundation of straw which he desperately tries to portray as a concrete,” Dr. Bawumia said while delivering a lecture in Accra last week.