Dr. Bawumia Doubts NDC’s Credentials



bawumia Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the twice defeated vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has cast doubts over the credentials of the  National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration as a social democratic party, saying the inherent corruption in the government will make it impossible, any significant strides at development.

He said, “discipline as the key to economic growth and development also entails a discipline to pursue a clear vision and the discipline needed to manage the already inadequate resources honestly”.

Dr. Bawumia noted that, “what is interesting is that all the political parties in Ghana have laid claims to commitment to protecting the poor and vulnerable, as part of their ideologies. To what extent have these commitments been honoured? It is instructive to examine the record of some democratically elected governments and their ideologies.”

The running-mate of Nana Akufo Addo in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections made the remarks when he delivered the maiden Alhaji Aliu Mahama memorial lectures on  the topic, “Discipline in Economic Management: The key to Sustainable Growth and Prosperity”.

He noted that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President was a socialist and his administration’s legacies included free education, free health care and the establishment of State industries.

“Ideologically Busia was a believer in market capitalism, but wanted to build a democratic welfare State where each is his brother’s keeper”, which included a number of social interventions and enhancement programmes.

On the Kufuor administration, Dr. Bawumia said, “the NPP government just like Busia’s PP administration, believed there is the constant need in a nation like ours to cushion segments of the society and ensure they are carried along in the country’s quest to develop”, adding that, “the 2001-2008 period also saw a significant increase in social spending, aimed at protecting the poor and vulnerable in society.”

He explained that these interventions included the National Health Insurance Scheme, the School Feeding Programme, the Capitation Grant, and the National Youth Employment Programme.

According to Dr. Bawumia, it is interesting to understand how a party which prides itself as a social democrat is the same party supervising the weakening of various social intervention program-mes that the NPP administration introduced,  and unable to set up its own.

“But what type of socialism is this that imposes such hardships on workers and ordinary Ghanaians? What type of socialism is it that oversees the weakening of social safety nets such as the National Health Insurance Scheme, Free Maternal care, School Feeding, and National Youth Employment Programme?, he queried.

And added that “at least in Nkrumah’s socialism, one saw the vision he was committed to and implemented the free education, health care, industries, workers brigade, state farms etc”.

According to the twice failed NPP vice-presidential candidate, “the socialism being practised by the NDC is more in words than  action.

‘In action, it can best be described as “Akonfem Socialism”. “Akonfem socialism” is this new brand of socialism where government officials engage in “chopping” the meat to the bone.’

 

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