Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has strongly criticized John Mahama’s 24-hour economy policy, asserting that Mahama lacks a clear understanding of what he is proposing.
Mr. Mahama had indicated that the 24-hour economy was meant to create jobs for all Ghanaians.
But Dr Bawumia is arguing that there are already existing systems and organizations operating 24 hours in the economy, making Mahama’s policy redundant and baseless.
“Today John Mahama says he is bringing a 24 hour economy. He doesn’t even understand that policy because our hospitals are already working 24 hours, our electricity Company, water company, fuel companies work 24 hours. He is trying to come back so he is doing everything possible to convince Ghanaians but before he told us he was a dead goat. The dead goat cannot be revived.
“John Mahama is going round the whole country and promising everything to everybody. It is as if he has never been president of this country before. It is as if he has just landed from mass.
“When he was president, did he create jobs, Did he tackle corruption, Did he issue the Ghana card, Did he bring mobile money interoperability, did he bring the Ghana property address system, did he bring the zongo development fund, did he bring the teacher training allowance, did he bring free WiFi to schools, did he bring paperless ports, did he bring gold for oil, did he bring free shs? All of there problems he couldn’t solve. It was the NPP government under Nana Akufo-Addo who solved all those problems,” Dr Bawumia said on Monday November 20 while addressing a crowd in Nalerigu as part of his ‘Thank you’ tour since being elected flagbearer of the NPP on November 4
Mr. Mahama had asserted that the 24-hour economy initiative aimed to generate employment opportunities for all Ghanaians. This proposal was introduced during his engagement with officials of the country’s primary workers union on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, as part of his efforts to reconnect with key stakeholders in a bid to reclaim political power.
But according to Dr Bawumia, he has brought greater ideas as a Vice President than former President Mahama as president.
“Even me as Vice President, I have solved many problems. What idea did Mahama bring as a Vice President? Dr. Bawumia has brought idea, after idea, after idea.
As part of his tour, Dr. Bawumia is anticipated to stop in Yendi, Saboba, and Bimbilla on November 21.