Minority dismisses govt’s achievements

Mr Avedzi (second from left) addressing the press conference.

Mr Avedzi (second from left) addressing the press conference.

The Minority in Parliament has described the appraisal of the government by Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, as it marked 100 days in office as nothing but a plethora of propaganda, half truths, and unsubstantiated claims.

According to the Minority, the first 100 days of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government has been characterised by post-election thuggery, unlawful dismissals, bloated and wasteful size of government, a wobbling economy and capping of statutory funds.

Dr Bawumia on Monday at a public forum in Accra said the government had chalked substantial success in its ‘honeymoon’ period, cataloging 103 achievements since it took over the governance last January.

The Vice President mentioned a stable currency, tax removals and cuts, restoration of teacher and nursing trainees’ allowances, deployment of more than 1,200 agriculture extension officers to support the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, among others.

But the Minority, at a press conference addressed by Deputy Minority Leader, and MP for Ketu North, Mr James Klutse Avedzi, in Accra, yesterday, said the performance of the government has been ‘abysmal.’

He said Dr Bawumia’s claim that Air France only considered recommencing operations in Ghana under the NPP government was inaccurate.

He said the French carrier as far back as August 2016, announced its presence on the Ghanaian aviation front with its first flight expected in Ghana on February 28, 2017.

Mr Avedzi said claims that the government introduced a new policy on sulphur content regarding the energy sector was a ‘fabrication;, and its assertion that it developed and completed the Draft National Research Fund Bill was untrue.

Mr Avedzi said the claim that budgeting and paying of outstanding allowances for teachers after validation was initiated by the current government was inaccurate, since that had been the practice of the outgone government in collaboration with stakeholders, including the Salaries Commission and Ghana Education Service.

“How could cutting sod for the building of a cathedral without any secured funding, desilting drains, financial clearance for nurses, which the NPP government cancelled and only partially reinstated be described as achievements.

“What happens to the remaining 30,000 and more than 22,000 teachers the NDC government had issued financial clearance for, only for the NPP government to cancel?” Mr Avedzi asked.

He said contrary to the pledge by the President to protect the public purse and avoid wasteful expenditure, he has appointed 110 persons as ministers to put a drain on the public purse.

On the economy, Mr Avedzi said inflation has been on a downward trend before the NPP took over, treasury bill rate had dropped from 24.5 per cent in December 2015 to 16.4 in December 2016, a balance of payment surplus of US$247 million, representing a vast improvement on a deficit of US$ 129 million as well as bequeathing a gross foreign reserve of US$ 6.1 billion up from US$ 5.8.

“It has been 100 days of broken promises, gross incompetence, shameful plagiarism, hardships, deceit, wasteful expenditure” Mr. Avedzi said, urging the Vice President to recognize that elections were over and that it was time to be truthful to the facts.

By Julius Yao Petetsi       

 

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