The National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi has punch holes at Vice President Bawumia’s address on Akufo Addo’s government achievement in his first term of office saying his speech at the Town Hall meeting were full of untruth.
Subjecting the Vice President assertion to factual analysis, the NDCs Communication Officer refuted claims by Dr. Bawumia that Akufo Addo’s government is the first government in the fourth republic to have reduced electricity tariffs and that the cost of electricity today is cheaper than 4 years ago.
“I came here with a tariff reckoner for July 2016 when President Mahama was in office and you can see from this tariff reckoner that for every 150 unit of power a residential consumer bought that consumer paid 88 GHcedis. But today if you’re buying that same 150 unit of power as a residential consumer you’ll be paying 93 GHcedis. That is an increase and not cheaper so with all the noise Ghanaians are paying more for electricity,” Sammy Gyamfi said on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV.
He added that “the NDC in 8 years increased electricity coverage from 52 percent to 83 percent with an annual expansion averagely by 4 percent. The NPP in 3 years in office has increased coverage in less than one percent.”
Mr. Sammy Gyamfi noted that Dr. Bawumia’s claim of Akufo Addo’s government fixing the energy crisis known in the local parlance as ‘dumsor’ is untrue and a clear demonstration that the current government has lost touch with the reality Ghanaians are facing.
“….In March 2016 Dr. Bawumia admitted that Presisent Mahama solved dumsor but deserved no credit.”
He posited that President Mahama by November 2015 had fixed dumsor through the adequate measures put in place to ensure that generational capacity had increased; the financial challenges surrounding the energy sector was solved by introducing the ESLA levies and the distribution challenges by investing in the Atuabo gas plant.
Mr. Gyamfi also disproved the assertion by Dr. Bawumia that Ghana’s total public debt is better than it was in 2016. According to him, Dr. Bawumia’s claim that government is accumulating debt at a lower rate than the previous administration is false.
He posits that ” from the days of Kwame Nkrumah to the year 2016 when John Mahama left office Ghana’s total debt stood at 120 billion GHcedis. President Mills bequeathed to him a public debt of around 10 billion Ghcedis. When you do the arithmetic you realize that in 8 years the Mills/Mahama added about 110 billion GHcedis to the public debt.
“President Akufo Addo came into office with a promise not to borrow but to reduce the rate of borrowing. Today our public debt stands 225 billion GHcedis which includes the recent eurobond. If you subract you realize that NPP government since 2017 has borrowed to the tune of 105 billion GHcedis.”
Story by: kweku Banfull