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NDC FAILS THE BAWUMIA TEST WITH A CARPING COUNTER-LECTURE

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As expected, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress yesterday failed the challenge thrown to them by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia over the lecture he delivered during the town hall meeting by the government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) on Wednesday.

As expected, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress yesterday failed the challenge thrown to them by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia over the lecture he delivered during the town hall meeting by the government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) on Wednesday.

Dr Bawumia had challenged the NDC not to resort to insults but rather use facts to counter the arguments he and other members of the EMT had made if they disagreed with them.

“Our presentation today, as always, is based on analysis of the data and the facts,” Dr Bawumia said in his opening comments on Wednesday. “The data will speak for itself. If you disagree you should bring your own data and your record.

“Don’t disagree by saying the EMT members have big heads. You only resort to insults when you are allergic to facts,” he said.

Adongo ridicules

The NDC yesterday organised a counter-lecture on the economy, with Isaac Adongo, MP for Bolgatanga Central, as the main speaker.

Speaker after speaker conveniently failed to speak to the facts as presented by the EMT and chose to play to the gallery, to the surprise of members of the public in the audience.

Mr Adongo, who is widely considered to be the NDC’s “economic giant”, seemed to feel that Ghanaians expected unsubtle attempts at humour from him. The best he could do was to describe Dr Bawumia sneeringly as “Walewale Adam Smith”, suggesting that the Vice-President’s knowledge of economics is limited to his home town.

Mr Adongo went even further, describing Dr Bawumia’s presentation as offering only “comic relief” to the nation.

He claimed the NPP government’s reforms to import duties, which have led to duties on all goods other than vehicles being halves, and those for vehicles being reduced by 30 per cent, were an act of deceit.

At the same time, however, he confusingly sought to give credit to the Mahama government, which he claimed had launched reforms in that direction before leaving office.

Forson gets petty

Another speaker considered prominent was Cassiel Ato Forson, a former Deputy Minister for Finance and the current ranking member on Parliament’s finance committee.

Mr Forson sought to engage in what many saw as misguided pettiness, especially when he claimed that the Vice-President’s utterances had led to the recent depreciation of the cedi.

The NDC spokesman charged President Nana Akufo-Addo to gag Dr Bawumia to save the national currency from further depreciation.

Mr Forson claimed that the Vice-President’s remarks at Wednesday’s town hall meeting caused the cedi to depreciate further against the US dollar.

“I will urge the President to restrain his Vice-President, because any time he speaks the currency moves,” the former Deputy Minister said.

“You heard him talk about the likes of the judiciary and the court systems. What has that got to do with the Economic Management Team?

“He had nothing to say. He was just playing with numbers. And again, you know him and his credentials of lying with numbers. You could see lies,” he said.

“PhDs without knowledge”

Another speaker considered prominent was Mona Quartey, also a former Deputy Finance Minister.

Mrs Quartey sought to cast doubt on the knowledge the Vice-President had acquired through various academic pursuits, claiming that in spite of Dr Bawumia’s PhD, he has no knowledge of economics.

She also accused the Akufo-Addo-led government of adopting a “lazy” approach towards building the economy, and said the government lacks ideas about how to transform the economy for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

“They talk about an inclusive transformation agenda. But this is a lazy approach to building our economy. This current government lacks awareness because they seem to be totally not in touch with the realities on the ground.

“In spite of their PhDs, they lack knowledge. They have totally misled not just their own people, but they have misled all of Ghana. They have shown that they have bad traits and they are up to mischief. Oh, Bawumia, why?” the former Deputy Minister asked, in a mock lament.

Mahama “kills” it all

Giving the vote of thanks to end the counter-lecture, former President John Mahama sought to throw jabs at Vice-President Bawumia.

Mr Mahama said the reality of Ghanaians’ lives will expose Dr Bawumia’s “lies and propaganda” about the economy.

“You can do all the lies and propaganda with the economy you like: the reality of the people’s lives will expose you,” he declared.