Dr Omane Boamah Describes Bawumia’s Presentation As ‘Politically Pathetic, Academically Anaemic’

Dr Edward Kofi Omane Boamah

Accra, Ghana, February 18, 2020//-Former Minister for Communications & Presidential Spokesperson, Dr Edward Kofi Omane Boamah has described Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s recent presentation at Town Hall Meeting in Kumasi as politically pathetic, academically anaemic and flagrantly dishonest.

He was surprised at the falsehoods churned out by the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Town Hall Meeting meant to showcase government’s achievements.

Politically pathetic

Speaking on Citi TV’s Point of View program hosted by Bernard Avle on Monday’s evening, Dr Boamah said that the government scoring itself 78% with regards to fulfilled achievements in its 2016 manifesto was politically pathetic.

This is “because we have a situation where our vice president kept on churning 78% and we have delivered. 78% and we have delivered.  As we speak, the denominator itself is being contested. Whereas government puts it around 388, Imani puts it around 500 and over”, he explained.

Dr Boamah stated: “So when you are dealing with fractions and percentages for every student of mathematics you don’t suppose to even had have free Senior High School (SHS) to want to know that when denominators are in dispute you are going to have a very serious issue riding on the percentage that they quoted”.

Unfulfilled promises  

He used the occasion to list a number of unfulfilled promises of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

While in opposition the NPP made a number of sugar-coated promises to the people of Ghana, however it is finding it difficult to fulfill majority of them in government.

Dr Boamah mentioned that the NPP in its 2016 manifesto promised to achieve a double digit growth annual which they have not been able to achieve. They said there would reduce corporate tax from 25% to 20%. They have not achieved that, he stated.

“They [the NPP] also said they were going to eliminate corruption. The most credible institution, which is globally accepted is Transparency International.

Mahama performed better in corruption than Akufo-Addo

According to him,  former President John Mahama’s performance in the fight against corruption in the country was much better than President Akufo-Addo’s current efforts.

Dr Boamah stressed that the Akufo-Addo government has performed poorly in addressing corruption when compared to the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) anti-graft fight in four years under Mahama.

He cited the most recent report on the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to buttress his argument.

According to Transparency International (TI), Ghana ranked 80 out of 180 countries on the 2019 global Corruption Perception Index.  Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 – the same score as the previous year 2018, the report said.

Dr Boamah stated that the current government had failed to fulfill its promise of ending corruption during its tenure in office.

The worst performance of President Mahama administration on the CPI is better than the best performance of Akufo-Addo. So when you talk about the elimination of corruption, especially in the procurement of goods and services etc, that one too they’ve not been able to achieve that,” Dr Boamah said.

CPI report

Ghana scored 47 in 2015 and in 2016, came down to 43. While in 2017 it recorded the worst performance with an average score of 40 out of 100 and rose marginally to 41 in 2018 and maintained that figure in 2019.

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