The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched a total recall of what he has termed "the pains and sufferings" Ghanaians went through under the Presidency of John Dramani Mahama.
Justifying why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo deserves four more years in office in presentation Thursday night [November 26, 2020], Dr. Bawumia listed all the social and economic issues during the Mahama administration and urged Ghanaians to remember, ahead of next month's elections.
"I am aware you need no reminders of the dire economic conditions at the time we came into office. You lived and breathed it, and bore the human cost of the economic mismanagement that was visited upon us by the Mahama-led NDC government," Dr. Bawumia said.
"You remember the thousands of Ghanaian children denied secondary education, and the millions of able-bodied Ghanaian youth who lived in hopelessness and despair due to their joblessness and which, for the first time in our history, led to the formation of an Unemployed Graduates Association."
"You remember being told that “I am not a magician to create jobs.” You are living witnesses to the several thousand fellow citizens who lost their jobs under the unrelenting burden of four years of Dumsor, compounded by onerous electricity tariffs and burdensome taxes, as businesses collapsed."
"You remember that trainee nurses and teachers’ allowances were cancelled, millions of Ghanaians were unable to get cover under a collapse National Health Insurance Scheme as Cash-and-Carry reared its ugly head again because of the inability of Government to pay service providers. The National Ambulance Service was collapsing. You remember the 3-month pay policy for teachers, the problem of the availability textbooks and even chalk in our schools, the freeze on recruitment into the public sector."
"The Vice President continued: "the backlog of trainee nurses and teachers who could not be employed after completion of their studies."
"You remember the SADA guinea fowls that flew to Burkina Faso.
"You remember that the government had to go to the IMF to rescue the economy. That was
indeed a RESCUE MISSION!"
Questioning the logic and credibility of the NDC and former President Mahama to seek the mandate of Ghanaians, Vice President said after falling Ghanaians and having no clue to deal with the difficulty, former President Mahama was also dismissive in his attitude towards Ghanaians.
"It was clear that the Mahama-led NDC Government had lost its way, failed Ghanaians, and did not have any idea how to get us out of the ditch it has driven us into."
"What was painful, Ladies and Gentlemen, was that when we complained about our pain and suffering, the response we received from the then government was blunt and uncaring: “get out of the kitchen if it is too hot.”
"The then President reiterated, in broadly dismissive terms, that he is a dead goat who could not be moved by the complaints of suffering. You remember “Yentie Obiaa.”
On the contrary, Vice President Bawumia noted that, President Akufo-Addo has, in the past four years, restored confidence in the economy and created opportunities for businesses, as well as created an all-inclusive platform for the poor and marginalised through his social interventions.
"President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has largely fulflled this promise: he has demonstrated that he cares about each and every one of us, especially the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged."
"In four years we have worked hard to signifcantly reduce the human cost of the economic mismanagement we inherited. We have stabilised the economy."
"It is obvious to everyone by now that there is a major difference between an Akufo-Addo Presidency and a Mahama Presidency."
"What Mahama and the NDC destroyed in 8 years, Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP have restored in less than 4 years."