Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has taken a swipe at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government, describing it as the worst performing administration in the history of Ghana.
Dr Bawumia said the ruling NDC has a reputation for poor performance in government and lacks competence and skills to manage the ailing economy which is dwindling and losing its future prospects.
He made this statement on Tuesday at a press conference to critique the 2016 budget statement presented in Parliament by the Finance Minister, Mr Seth Terkper.
“Mahama and his government have created toxic mixture of incompetence and corruption which has caused an explosion of suffering on the Ghanaian people,” Dr Bawumia pointed out.
According to the economist, the achievements of the NPP in 8 years under former President John Kufuor without oil revenue far outweigh that of the NDC who have the benefit of oil proceeds and unprecedented borrowing.
On the energy crisis, the NPP running mate questioned the Mahama government’s commitment to finding a lasting solution to the crisis which is responsible for the economic quagmire the nation finds herself in and its concomitant effects on businesses and the ordinary Ghanaian.
He catalogued the litany of promises the President and his Minister made to ending the load shedding, which never saw the light of day.
The former deputy Bank of Ghana Governor disclosed that, the Mahama administration has borrowed $37 million, but not much has been channeled into solving the debilitating energy crisis because government sees it as a political issue but not an economic issue.
According to him, solving the ‘Dumsor’ has over the years never been on government’s priority list. But for the purpose of gaining electoral advantage, the President is now making it a priority.
He accused the President of losing the fight against corruption in his government, saying, his continuous silence is an admission of culpability.
He cited the recent survey by Transparency International which ranked Ghana the second most corrupt in Africa as a confirmation of the impeccable level of corruption under the Mahama administration which has reached an alarming crescendo.
Meanwhile, government has responded through its deputy Communication Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, describing the analysis of Dr Bawumia as pure propaganda clothed as a fact, which he said was disingenuous.