Godwill Arthur- Mensah, GNA
Accra, Oct. 21, GNA – Vice President Dr
Mahamudu Bawumia, on Saturday, challenged the National Democratic Congress to
provide evidence of policies and programmes it rolled out to alleviate economic
hardships of Ghanaians during the eight years in government.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to do
dispassionate analysis of the previous government’s track record and that of
the current administration in order to make informed decision.
Vice President Bawumia who was addressing the
Annual New Patriotic Party Dinner Dance and Young Executive Forum in London on
assured the Ghanaian Community in the United
Kingdom that the Ghanaian economy is in good hands under President Akufo-Addo
and promised better times ahead.
He said the Government under the leadership of
President Nana Akufo-Addo was implementing policies and programmes designed to
alleviate the hardships facing the ordinary Ghanaian.
While acknowledging the insatiable needs of
Ghanaians, Vice President Bawumia said the Government had instituted various
social interventions to mitigate any difficulty affecting Ghanaians.
“Although as humans, we will continuously have
needs, and, thus, keeps expressing concerns of greater desires and pains, what
is refreshing is that today, Teacher Trainees are receiving their allowances.
Nursing trainees are receiving their allowances. BECE candidates have their
registration fees paid for them.
We have doubled the Capitation grant; 100,000
unemployed graduates are now under NABCO.
“Dumsor is not killing people’s businesses.
Electricity tariffs have been reduced for us; about 17 taxes have either been
reduced or abolished.
There is no freeze on public sector
employment. We have fertiliser subsidies under Planting for Food and
Jobs,” Dr Bawumia stated.
Vice President Bawumia pointed out that the
aforementioned achievements chalked by the New Patriotic Party government were
visible, which were not in existence before assuming the reins of government
about 20 months ago.
“So we have done tangible things to
reduce the hardships on Ghanaians.
The NDC is going around saying that there are
hardships. So what we want to ask them, and I want to challenge them, a simple
challenge: tell us what you have done in your last eight years of government.
Tell us the social interventions you brought in to reduce the hardships of
Ghanaians,” Dr Bawumia queried.
“If you ask me, I will tell you we have
increased the portion of the District Assembly Common Fund for Persons with
Disabilities from 2% to 3%, we have expanded the School Feeding Programme from
1.6 million to 2.1 million, we have expanded LEAP to cover an additional
150,000 people, and we are paying the BECE examination registration for
These are some of the things we have done in
20 months. Please tell us, what social interventions did the NDC introduced in
eight years to reduce the hardships on Ghanaians?, he asked.
The Vice President gave the assurance that the
Government was on course in implementing policies and programmes designed to
formalise and modernise the Ghanaian economy.