Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia , the running mate to the NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said the challenges the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is facing are self-inflicted. He observed that the government was suffering for its disregard for expert advice and misapplication of the country’s resources.
According to him, the NDC government, led by President John Dramani Mahama, has had so much revenue and borrowed money more than any of the previous governments under the Fourth Republic yet Ghanaians and businesses have suffered under this government more than any other government.
He hinted that government had paid huge sums of money to some individuals and organisations under some dubious means and inflated costs of contracts to the advantage of some individuals and to the detriment of the country.
‘A lot of the public money has deliberately been pushed into few private pockets. These monies could have been used to solve some of these problems facing the country. The President knows these and does not seem to want to collect these monies back for national development,’ he said.
Touching on the ongoing electricity load shedding, Dr Bawumia stressed that the NDC government knows the solution to the ‘dumsor’ problem but it is not able to address it because the government is broke, despite increasing revenue sources to collect more money from the public.
“This government has just run out of ideas and has just decided to deceive Ghanaians, disrespect and rubbish advice from technocrats on possible ways to address the challenges and reduce the suffering of Ghanaians. The government is broke and yet they will not stop profligate expenditure in ventures that will not lessen the difficulties in the country.’
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was speaking at a ceremony to welcome first year students of the University for Development Studies to the New Patriotic Party’s Tertiary Students Confederation (TESCON) at the Navrongo campus.
He was accompanied by some regional executives of the party including the Northern Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu, and the Upper East Chairman, Adams Mahama.
Dr Bawumia expressed worry over government’s rate of borrowing, saying, ‘what is sad about the government’s borrowing is that the investments they claim to have made with the huge sums of monies do not march with the amount borrowed. Government will have to change its profligate way of spending, if not no matter the reforms and advice from the International Monetary Fund our problems will persist.’
According to Dr Bawumia, a recent revelation by former President Rawlings that the corruption that led to the overthrow of the government in 1979 is not up to 10 percent of the corruption under the President Mahama-led government must be a source of worry for every Ghanaian.
‘There is corruption almost everywhere under this government. Mr Chairman, the case of SADA is especially sad, with the misapplication of resources meant for northern development by northerners who should have been more empathetic towards their own. The stealing of these monies under SADA has a direct impact on the suffering of our people.
Imagine the number of boreholes or clinics that could have been constructed with these funds that were stolen under SADA.’
According to him, the government has gone ahead to allocate more funds to SADA even when nothing out of what was deliberately taken away from SADA has been retrieved.
FROM Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Navrongo
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