The records show NPP gov’t has performed better – Veep

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Accra, Dec.8, GNA –
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged the opposition National
Democratic Congress (NDC) to a show of records in office to enable Ghanaians to
judge who has met their aspirations the most.

He said he was
convinced that when pushed to a debate of facts and achievements, the NDC would
have no leg to stand on.

Addressing thousands
of youth at the end of a health walk to climax activities marking the NPP Youth
Wing Conference in Tamale on Saturday, the Vice President enumerated over 80
key denominators of national life in which the almost three-year old government
has performed better than its predecessor.

He said the NPP came
into power to meet a declining agriculture, negative industry growth, high
interest rates; weak banking system, rising unemployment, and collapsing
National Health Insurance Scheme and emergency healthcare with “Dumsor” at its
peak, among other things.

“Average annual
increase in electricity prices between 2010 and 2015 was 45 per cent, public
finances were in a precarious state. The government had to go to the IMF for a
bailout and policy credibility. There were increases in taxes on many items
including condoms and cutlasses and freeze on public sector recruitment.”   

Vice President
Bawumia said cuts in research allowances for lecturers and abolition of
teachers and nurses training allowances were just a few of the legacy of the
NDC.

“The Government of
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been in office for about three years. Even
though there is still a lot to do, any objective assessment of our performance
will agree that we have performed much better than the situation that we
inherited at the beginning of 2017,” he said.

Zeroing in on the
specifics, Vice President Bawumia listed 87 different areas in which the
Government has performed better.

These are GDP
growth, Agricultural growth, Industry growth, Inflation, Interest rates,
Exchange rate depreciation, Fiscal Deficit, Rate of debt accumulation, Trade
Balance, Current Account Balance, Gross International Reserves, Ghana’s
sovereign credit rating, Creation of Jobs, Teacher and Nursing Trainees
Allowances, Passport Application, Drivers License Application, Renewal of NHIS
membership, Dumsor, and  Cost of
electricity.

Others are Reducing
Import Duties, Abolishing VAT on financial services; Abolishing VAT on selected
imported medicines; Abolishing VAT on Real Estate Sales; Abolishing VAT on
domestic airline tickets;

Abolishing taxation
of gains from the realisation of securities listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange;
Abolishing levies imposed on Kayayei;

Efficiency of
clearing goods at the ports Resourcing the institutions that fight corruption,
Right to Information Act; and Development of 
Zongo communities.

The rest are the
National ID Cards; Mobile Money Payment Interoperability; One District One
Factory; One Village One Dam; One Constituency One Ambulance; National
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Progamme (NEIP); Digital Address System; Implementing
the Nation Builders Corps; Securing higher global prices for cocoa farmers;
Cleaning up the mess in the financial sector and saving the deposits of
millions of depositors; and Foreign Direct Investment.

Vice President
Bawumia also mentioned the Successful exit of the IMF programme; Increasing the
capitation grant; Equipping the security services; Introducing a nation-wide
emergency 112 number for the police, fire and ambulance services; Introducing a
new basic curriculum from kindergarten to primary six with a focus on reading,
writing, arithmetic and creativity (the 4Rs) and Absorbing the cost of WASSCE
registration fees for students.

He said the
Governmnet had performed better in absorbing the fees for post graduate medical
training, Restoring research allowances in tertiary institutions, Introducing
drones to deliver medical supplies and save lives; Paying NHIS arrears; Paying
the outstanding contributions to pension funds; Paying arrears to road
contractors; Constructing youth resource sports complexes across the country
and Relieving the pain of sickle cell sufferers through access to hydroxyurea.

Increasing the share
of the DACF to persons with disability by 50 per cent, Employing persons with
disability to man 50% of all our toll booths; Providing adult shelter to
support victims of human trafficking; Connecting rural communities to the
telephone network in the last three years; and Increasing daily peacekeeping
allowances for the Military from $31 to $35 per day were other achievements the
Vice President mentioned.

He said the
Government also performed better in increasing daily allowances for police on
mission from $30 to $35; Establishing the Students Entrepreneurship Initiative
(SEI) to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in students; Having
transparency in the allocation of oil blocs; Creation of new regions; Bringing
peace to Dagbon;

Providing
infrastructure to poor and deprived communities in every constituency; and One
District One Warehouse Initiative.

Also mentioned were
Improving the conditions for prisoners; Protecting water bodies against illegal
mining; Going paperless in the hospitals; Online business registration at the
Registrar Generals Department; Digitizing the courts through an e-justice
program;

Establishing a Ghana
Commodities Exchange; and Taking measures to establish an integrated Bauxite
and Aluminium Industry.

Reducing flooding
from the Bagre Dam through the dredging of rivers like Nasia, Sisili;
Discovering oil; Revival of Railways; Starting the construction of 10 fish
landing along the coast from Keta to Axim;

Award of
Scholarships to students; Revival of Anglo-gold Ashanti and putting more people
to work; and Reviving Ghanapost were some of the achievements, said the Vice
President.

He added that
Reviving the Ghana Publishing Company; Launching a comprehensive Building Code
for Ghana for the first time; Administering the performance of the annual hajj
pilgrimage; Expansion of institutions, facilities and equipment for TVET; and
Implementing Free Senior High School Education, were some of the milestones.

“When it comes to
the performance of our government in our first term of office compared with the
performance of the NDC, it is clear that we have Performed Better!!!”

GNA

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