Comparatively we’ve improved more lives than Mahama – Bawumia


Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has commended the achievements of the Akufo-Addo administration, highlighting substantial improvements in the quality of life for Ghanaians over the past seven years in comparison to the tenure of former President John Dramani Mahama.

Reflecting on the challenges faced during Mahama’s presidency, including frequent power outages, rising unemployment, tariff hikes, and economic downturns, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the significant strides made under the current administration.

“I can say without any fear of contradiction that notwithstanding the recent economic challenges, the lives of Ghanaians have improved significantly after seven years of our government compared to the previous administration of John Mahama,” Dr. Bawumia stated, citing data-driven evidence to support his assertion.

He recalled the hardships endured by Ghanaians during Mahama’s tenure, such as the infamous “dumsor” power outages, shortages of essential supplies in schools, and the cancellation of teacher and nursing training allowances.

“In the previous government, we endured four years of power outages, which collapsed many businesses and increased unemployment. There was no chalk in schools, teacher and nursing training allowances were cancelled, and there was a near-collapse of the National Health Insurance Scheme and the National Ambulance Service,” Dr. Bawumia elaborated, underscoring the administration’s commitment to addressing these challenges.

Highlighting the government’s interventions aimed at mitigating the hardships faced by Ghanaians, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the reinstatement of teacher and nursing training allowances and the implementation of policies to reduce electricity tariffs.

“We have implemented many policies to reduce the suffering of Ghanaians, including providing free electricity for lifeline users and a 50% reduction in tariffs for all other consumers during COVID-19. We have restored the cancelled teacher and nursing training allowances and created more jobs than any other government,” he affirmed.

Dr. Bawumia also cited significant economic progress, noting a substantial increase in Ghana’s per capita income from GH¢7,756 in 2016 to GH¢19,464 by the end of 2022, reflecting the administration’s commitment to improving the country’s socio-economic indicators.

“Ghana’s per capita income increased from GH¢7,756 in 2016 to GH¢19,464 by the end of 2022. In dollar terms, it increased from $1,978 to $2,353,” Dr. Bawumia concluded, emphasizing the administration’s unwavering dedication to advancing the nation’s prosperity and well-being.

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