The New Patriotic Party Running Mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has debunked claims by the Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, that restoring allowances for teacher and nursing trainees will collapse the economy.
According to Dr. Bawumia, what is destroying the Ghanaian economy is the “incompetence, mismanagement and corruption” of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government. Dr. Bawumia also took a swipe at the President John Mahama and his Vice-President over the government’s confusing position on nursing trainee allowances.
Speaking at the Nalerigu Nurses Training College, Dr. Bawumia expressed shock at the constant contradictions of government officials on the allowances, saying “in government, we will expose the incompetence of this NDC administration. There is nowhere where they have demonstrated as much incompetence as in the area of the Teacher and Nursing Training Allowances.
They have demonstrated monumental incompetence.” “Today, you do not really know what the policy of the NDC is as far as the issue of Training Allowances is concerned. First, they said they have cancelled the allowances, and as the election was getting close, they said they are going to restore the allowances. And there is now a clear conflict between the President and Vice-President over their policy on Nursing Training Allowances,” he pointed out.
Responding to the claim made by the Vice-President on the same campus barely a week ago, Dr. Bawumia noted that the comment by the current Amissah-Arthur suggests that handlers of the economy still do not understand how the economy works. “So when the Vice-President came here and said that the allowances will destroy this economy, it simply means they do not understand the economy. What is destroying the economy is mismanagement, incompetence and corruption; that is what is destroying this economy,” he said.
Dr. Bawumia is on the second part of his tour of the Northern Region. He has so far on this tour visited the Yunyoo, Bunkpurugu, Nalerigu-Gambaga and Yagaba-Kubore constituencies.