It Is Inhumane To Compare Coronavirus Pandemic To Dumsor – …
The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson has criticized the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia for comparing Ghana’s power crisis to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ato Forson finds the comparisons unfortunate. According to him, the true state of the Ghana’s economy as being supervised by the Akufo-Addo government risks-high debt distress.
His comments come after the Vice President in a jab encouraged former President John Mahama to compare data before speaking.
In a response to Dr Bawumia, the former Deputy Finance Minister said “comparing a pandemic to an energy crisis that occurred because the NPP Government failed to invest in power generation over an eight year period only reflects the confusion that has characterized the Vice President’s recent pronouncements.
“In any case, it is inhumane to compare a pandemic killing human beings to an electricity generation problem that was resolved by the same government, he said.
“Your government is struggling to service interest on public debt; as a result, lenders have started charging penalties on delayed interest payments. Sadly, our debt levels are so high that we risk becoming a high debt distress country yet you have failed to show humility and competence in fixing your mess”.
Interacting with the media after chairing a coronavirus meeting at the Jubilee House Monday, Dr Bawumia hit back at former President John Dramani Mahama, over recent comments that the current administration’s discontinuation of projects he started, has badly affected Ghana’s Covid-19 fight.
Dr. Bawumia said President Akufo-Addo has demonstrated leadership and competence amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, better than the former president who failed to properly manage the ‘dumsor’ situation during his time.
Dr. Bawumia also jabbed the NDC’s flagbearer, John Mahama over claims that, the COVID-19 outbreak had left the economy struggling, indicating that Mr. Mahama was embarrassing himself by not using the right data.
According to the Vice President, the ruling NPP has been very tactful and handled the COVID-19 pandemic better than the NDC would have handled it.
By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / [email protected] / Ghana / 2020