The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has thrown salvos at former President John Dramani Mahama over his ‘’boot for boot’’ comment.
The second gentleman of the land speaking at a town hall meeting organised today [Tuesday, April 3, 2019] said the worst performance of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is better than the best performance of Mr Mahama.
‘’Our worst is better than your best, and you say boot for boot’’.
The NPP government he noted has performed well because of its inclusive transformation agenda.
He touched on the free Senior High School policy which he noted has brought relief to deprived people who in the past, could not afford secondary education.
The policy he stressed was introduced to build the human capacity adding, we have expanded the feeding programme, increased the capitation grant, created jobs through the Nations Builders Corps (NABCo).
Employment in the public service he said has also increased with a decrease in wage bill to GDP from 7.2%-5.8%.
These jobs he added were done in the security services, health among others which accounted for over 350, 000 jobs.
Dr. Bawumia said the growing confidence in the macroeconomy owes a lot to the prudent management of our public finances and monetary affairs over the last two years.
According to him, the Ministry of Finance has focused on aligning government revenue with expenditure in order to reduce the fiscal deficit.
The Bank of Ghana he said has performed its complimentary role in managing our monetary and financial environment.
‘’The efficiency in expenditure management has come from the prioritizing and re-allocation of spending to areas most needed. Fiscal deficit (on cash basis) has significantly fallen from 6.8% of rebased GDP in 2016 in an estimated 3.8% in 2018.’’
To the Vice President said the challenge for government ‘’is to make the distribution fair, especially to the benefit of the weak, disadvantaged and vulnerable in society. This the ultimate goal of our inclusive transformation.’’