The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia addressing students at the Accra School Of Business made it emphatic that Former President John Dramani Mahama should be blamed for the current problems in Ghana.
Justifying his claims, the Vice President explained that NPP handed over a healthy economy to the NDC in 2008 which John Dramani Mahama later became the President. By the time they left power in 2016 NDC had already collapsed the economy. As a result, NPP came to inherit an economy which was already rotten, bad and out of control.
He stated that it was because of some bad decisions made by Mahama that has landed Ghana at the IMF now. ” Let me give you an analogy to make my point. If you ask a carpenter to roof your house and suddenly the roof collapses without any wind or rainfall, will you not blame the carpenter who did the roofing? But if a carpenter roofs your house and the roof collapses because of a tornado and a storm which has also blown away the roofs, windows and walls of many houses, will you blame the carpenter? ” Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia gave a practical example. Vice President Bawumia added that NPP’ s case is different. They came into power to revive what was destroyed by Mahama only for Covid 19 and Russia war to spoil all their plans. However under Mahama there was nothing like Covid yet he failed.
“If you take out the fiscal impact of this quadruple whammy, Ghana will not be going to the IMF for support because our fiscal, debt and balance of payment outlook would be sustainable. Of the four factors, two (COVID-19 and the Russian-Ukraine war) were external and the other two (The banking sector clean-uo and the excess capacity payments) were the result of policies of the previous Mahama government.
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