Don’t take Bawumia to the cleaners without subjecting his presentation to the realities on the ground-Lecturer


A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, has posted that Ghana Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, did well by explaining the issues of the economy to the understanding of the common man and people who know next to nothing about economics.

He has therefore asked individuals who intend taking the second gentleman to the cleaners “to interrogate his explanations by subjecting them to strict proofs and empirical realities on the ground. This is healthy and fair in any democracy and I expect the ruling regime to be tolerant of those who may offer contrary perspectives.”

The lecturer in a post on his official Facebook page said: “Those who are going to take the Veep to the Cleaners from today onwards must note this:

In several respects, he did well in explaining the issues to the understanding of the common man and people who know next to nothing about economics, like me.

But we can interrogate his explanations by subjecting them to strict proofs and empirical realities on the ground. This is healthy and fair in any democracy and I expect the ruling regime to be tolerant of those who may offer contrary perspectives.”

The post continued: “It is however, symptomatic of opposition disease, not to give any praise at all in interrogating the explanations of the Veep, and to dismiss everything he said.

A credible opposition endears itself to both ruling government and the citizenry whose vote it seeks, when it is honest enough to commend where necessary and constructive enough in critiquing.

A coin can never have one side, ” it ended.

The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Wednesday assured the nation that the strong macro and microeconomic fundamentals arising from innovative policies and programmes implemented over the last two years have placed Ghana in a strong economic position and made the future very promising.

The Nana Akufo-Addo government, according to Vice President Bawumia, has undertaken major structural reforms and implemented policies and programmes that have begun to yield fruit and portend a future full of opportunities for the nation.

“Looking to the future, one can say that Ghana’s future under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is bright and the prospects of growth are promising,” the Vice President declared at the maiden Economic Management Team (EMT) Town Hall Meeting in Accra on Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019.

The Townhall Meeting, coming a day after Ghana officially exited the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility Programme, was attended by over 500 stakeholders representing farmers, market women, trade unions, teachers, Parliamentarians and other identifiable bodies, and provided an opportunity for a frank interaction between the audience and the nine men who make up the EMT.

The Meeting was under the theme “Our Progress, Our Status, Our Future”, and provided an opportunity for crucial feedback for the EMT, to influence future government policies.

“We are implementing a plan to change the structure of the economy,” Vice President Bawumia maintained, explaining, “Two years into the Planting for Food and Jobs and now for Exports, we have learnt a lot and we are optimistic.

“Under the One District and One Factory and the stimulus package for businesses, industry growth is on the uptake. Gradual improvements in the Ease of Doing Business and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme are stimulating business start-ups.

“The emerging automobile industry, the integrated bauxite and aluminium industry to be followed by iron and steel, petro-chemical and value addition processing are our pillars of diversification to change the structure of the economy. And we must train our young labour force to match these changes in the economy.

“The pace of digitization that is currently underway will make Ghana one of the most digitized economies in Africa in the next five years.

“That is not all, Ghana’s recent oil discoveries could significantly boost production starting in 2021. If the envisaged developments progress without delays, they could potentially double oil production in 2021, to roughly 400,000 barrels-per-day.”

While acknowledging that there was still a lot of work to be done, Vice President Bawumia was optimistic about Ghana’s prospects.

“We will be the first to admit it has not all been rosy and that there is still a lot more to do; and the full impact of some of our initiatives are not immediate but will be very significant to the country in the very near future.

“We are implementing an inclusive agenda to empower Ghanaians regardless of their circumstances and reducing hardships. We are doing so on 3 fronts: building human development capacity and expand job creation opportunities; enhance access to public services, and third, empower local communities, and invest in local infrastructure development.”

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