Leaves Doubt On Central University Curriculum & Quality Of Lecturers
It has emerged that vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, fled to the Upper East Region hours after lying that Ghana has been sanctioned by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) for failing to honour its debt obligations.
The Abidjan-based AfDB, has denied his claims and the Mahama government, has also demanded an apology from the ex-Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana (BoG).
Dr. Bawumia, is gradually emerging as a poor researcher and lecturer out and about confusing the students of the Central University College, where he is a “Visiting Professor of Economic Governance”.
Indeed, the boss of Ghana Statistical Service, Dr. Philomena Nyarko, has also challenged Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate over questions raised about inflation figures released by the her outfit.
Addressing the media after releasing the country’s producer price index forum, acting government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko, noted there were rather serious issues with figures put out by the former deputy governor of the BoG.
Dr. Philomena Nyarko, said the Service was unaware of how the Ministry of Agriculture came by the figures Dr. Bawumia mentioned in his speech.
But obviously refusing to speak to the denials, doubts and rebuttals emerging after his widely broadcasted lecture at the Central University last Tuesday, Dr. Bawumia, was yesterday seen leading a few NPP supporters in the Upper East Region to demonstrate against President John Mahama’s government over what they say is worsening economic conditions.
“They complain about the hardship in the economy, high fees for admission into teacher and nursing training colleges, they also spoke about collapsing NHIS, corruption under the GYEEDA and SADA programmes among others,” he added.
Some personalities in the NPP, including the Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul and the National Youth organiser of the party, Sammy Awuku, joined the demonstrators.
“John Boadu, National Organizer of the NPP, Kamal Deen Abdulai, NASARA coordinator, Chairman Wontum, Ashanti regional chairman, Bugri Naabu, Northern regional chairman, among others were also there.
The NPP, have organized similar demonstrations in Accra and Kumasi.
Chairman Wontum, Ashanti regional chairman and Bugri Naabu, Northern regional chairman, were said to have led loads of buses to the Upper East Region for the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Director of Communications of the NPP, Nana Akomea, has said that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, cannot be faulted for a gaffe originally committed by the AfDB.
Addressing a lecture in the 4th Distinguished Speaker Series organised by the CUC, the NPP running mate, suggested that Ghana’s financial situation is so dire it
cannot meet its debt obligations even to the Africa Development Bank.
The University is yet to defend its visiting lecturer on the matter.
Referring to a memo issued by the bank, Bawumia said, Ghana was named among a list of debtors, including Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, Zimbabwe, all of which are heavily
indebted to the bank.
“It would also interest you to know that Ghana has recently been sanctioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for non-payment of debt obligations due. This sanction means that signature of new AfDB loan agreements, disbursements on all AfDB ongoing projects and the granting of any new loans have been suspended until the situation is rectified. The sanctions were effective in January 2015,” he said.
Here is a copy of the memo put out by the AfDB of member states under sanction
A day after the lecture, the AfDB, issued a statement claiming an initial memo they published on February 18, 2015, which named Ghana amongst the list of debtors was an administrative error.
The Bank claimed it rectified the error the same day it was published.
“On 18 February 2015, due to an administrative oversight, Ghana was erroneously included in the list of countries under sanctions by the AfDB. However, the error was detected that same day and a corrected list was immediately issued in replacement.”
“We wish to state that Ghana is current on all its obligations with the AfDB. Accordingly, Ghana is not on the list of countries under sanctions by the AfDB,” the bank insisted.
The Ghana government has since demanded an apology from Dr Bawumia.
Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah said given Dr Bawumia’s credential in research and macro economics his failure to crosscheck the information he took from the AfDB cannot be explained under any circumstance.
He would rather the former deputy Governor and his party apologise to the government.
But Nana Akomea, insists Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, did no wrong.
He challenged claims by the AfDB that the error they put out in the public domain was corrected the same day.
According to him, the list of countries indebted to the AfDB was prepared on January 31, 2015. But the memo communicating the list of countries to be sanctioned as a result of the indebtedness was published on February 17, 2015.
It cannot, therefore, be true that the bank corrected the error the same day, he suggested.
“In any case where is the memo correcting the error,” Akomea demanded, adding, “let’s see the memo that corrected the mistake.”