Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said President Akufo-Addo is a better manager of crisis than ex-President John Mahama.
Dr Bawumia’s comment comes on the back of a statement from Mr Mahama that Ghana’s economy is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) just three-weeks after Coronavirus led to a lockdown in the country.
“Unfortunately, this government has used a lot of propaganda saying the economy has been the best that we have ever had since independence. Unfortunately, just one month of coronavirus the economy is in ICU. If we didn’t run to the IMF for the one billion rapid credit facility, it is possible that in the next month probably salaries would not have been paid and so our economy is on ventilators, and it needs thinking to rescue it from the ICU.” Mr Mahama said in a Live Facebook interaction with Ghanaians.
But speaking at a media interaction after a COVID-19 response team meeting on Monday, 4 May 2020, Dr Bawumia noted that: “If you want to test the robustness of an economy you test it in a time of crises. Thankfully, we’ve had two crises.
“Under the NDC, there was an internally generated crisis which was dumsor. Under the Presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo, there’s been an externally generated crisis which is the global coronavirus pandemic. I just want you to ask yourselves how have these two crises being managed?
“The dumsor crisis which crippled this economy for four years, what were the mitigating measures offered to businesses and individuals during dumsor which was an internally generated crisis?
“We saw that even during dumsor electricity prices were being increased, fuel prices were being increased, teacher training allowances were being cancelled, nursing training allowances were being cancelled all of that was happening during that particular crisis.”
He continued: “You look at the coronavirus crisis and you look at the difference in terms of what has happened. The President has reduced electricity prices made it free for lifeline consumers, has given free water for all Ghanaians for three months, has made sure there’s a stimulus package of GHS600 million for businesses and we have seen domestic production of PPE for our health workers.
“So, the difference couldn’t be [starker] during a leadership under the crisis of dumsor and under the coronavirus pandemic. So, I ask a simple question, who will you trust in a time of crisis? The answer I will say is very clear – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shown leadership and concern for ordinary Ghanaians.”