The vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahammudu Bawumia has described last Saturday’s fuel increase by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as the height of government’s insensitivity towards Ghanaians.
He said it was unfortunate that at a period when most Ghanaians and businesses were feeling the harsh effects of the energy crisis also known as “dumsor”, government would go ahead to increase fuel prices, even though crude oil prices remained below $60 per barrel.
“Look at what is happening in Ghana today and you will conclude that the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) administration is the most uncaring, incompetent and corrupt government this country has ever had,” he said.
Dr Bawumia said this during the inauguration of the party’s Upper West Region election committees here on Saturday.
The nine committees made up of the council of elders, patrons, research, disciplinary, communication, finance, security, legal and welfare would among other things coordinate the campaign activities of the party in the region towards election 2016.
Dr Bawumia said the NPP owed it a duty to win over the NDC come the 2016 general elections, if the country has to be salvaged from the economic challenges it had been plunged into.
Comparing the eight-year record of the NPP in government to that of the NDC, he said in 2008 when crude oil prices were around ¢149 per barrel, the John Kufuor administration ensured that a gallon of petrol sold at Gh¢4.50, yet the NDC then in opposition described the government as cruel.
He questioned why a government that came into power on the mantra of “I care for you.” would inflict such hardship on the people of the country through such policies.
The NPP running mate said today newly recruited teachers, who teach for two years only receive three months out of the 24months as their salary.
As if that was not enough, the government had withdrawn allowances of teacher and nursing trainees, and yet the economy was not growing.
To buttress this point he noted that under the NPP’s eight- year rule the banks expanded and created jobs for the many youths, in addition, the same banks chased people to come for loans.
However, today the situation was different as the same banks preferred to purchase treasury bills from the government in- stead of offering loans to ordinary Ghanaians.
“Is this the “I care for you they promised? Where is the “I care for you” they promised? Don’t they have empathy on the Ghanaian?” he queried.
On his part the Volta Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Peter Amewu urged members of the party to make unity their focus since that was the only way they can deliver the presidency in 2016.
He said the NDC unlike the NPP in 2008 was aware it was losing the 2016 election and therefore would put in place the necessary measures to ensure that it will not lose in the election.
Mr. Amewu said the party cannot achieve victory if they fail to unite, adding that, “Let us stop fighting in opposition, and win power and then maybe we can continue when we are in government.”
He said the people of Ghana would not forgive the NPP if they fail to secure victory in 2016 and this was because people have come to have faith in the party that it was the only one that can rescue the country.
“We are fortunate to have personalities like Dr. Bawumia in our fold, but our touting of his credentials as an economic wizard and messiah will come to naught if we fail to give him the opportunity to show Ghanaians what he is capable of doing,” he added.
Mr. Amewu commended the Upper West Regional executives for the unity, dynamism and cohesion they have built among party faithful in the region.
The Upper West Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Abubakar Abdul Rahman said the region was poised to deliver victory to the NPP come 2016.
He said a minimum of six out of the eleven constituencies would be won and delivered to the party and called on the members of the various committees to work towards the realisation of the goal.
From Cliff Ekuful, Wa