Member of Parliament for Bolga Central, Isaac Adongo, has publicly apologized for his earlier comparison of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to footballer Harry Maguire.
In the 2024 budget debate on Tuesday, Isaac Adongo expressed remorse for comparing Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to footballer Harry Maguire.
Adongo acknowledged that Maguire has undergone a transformation in his career, while suggesting that Bawumia is currently “roaming at the IMF with a cup in hand.”
“Mr Speaker you remember that last year I was very quick to compare Dr Bawumia to Harry Maguire. Mr Speaker, I now apologize to Harry Maguire. Today, Harry Maguire has turned the corner and he is a transformational footballer. He is now scoring goals for Manchester United, he is now a key player to Manchester but as for our Maguire (Bawumia), he is now roaming at the IMF with a cup in hand. Our economic Maguire now was able to get pensioners to leave their house and come and parade in the streets.“
Isaac Adongo, in a reversal of his stance from 2022, has expressed regret over his earlier comparison of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to footballer Harry Maguire. Initially criticizing Bawumia’s performance as the Head of the Economic Management Team, Adongo likened him to Maguire, who was known for scoring own goals.
Adongo had argued that Bawumia’s role in economic management posed a risk to the nation’s economic fundamentals, despite initially praising him for his management of foreign currency.
Adongo stated, “Our Economic Maguire is now tackling all the fundamentals of our economy and destroying all of them,” during his remarks in parliament.
The parliamentary deliberations on the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy commenced on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. To facilitate extensive participation in the debate, the proposed schedule designates specific time slots: 20 minutes for the seconder and Ranking Members of the Finance Committee, 15 minutes for other committee members, and 10 minutes for all other Members of Parliament (MPs).
The debate will be structured around different sectors, covering governance, security, public safety, finance, economy, energy, infrastructure, social sectors, local governance, youth, sports, tourism, and culture.
According to the proposed timetable, discussions on finance, agriculture, trade, and industry are scheduled for Tuesday. Wednesday will focus on communications, energy, roads, works and housing, sanitation, and the environment. Thursday’s agenda includes education, health, employment, youth and sports, tourism, culture, and chieftaincy.
On Friday, the debate will revolve around governance, incorporating local government, judiciary, defense, interior, the Electoral Commission, National Commission for Civil Education, and Commission on Human Rights and Administration of Justice.