Bawumia's lectures on Cedi depreciation were political rhetoric — Amakye Boateng

Dr. Kwasi Amakye Boateng, a Senior Political Science Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has commented on the significant devaluation of the cedi against major currencies, affecting businesses in Ghana.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

In an interview on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, Dr. Amakye noted that discussions among Ghanaians about the cedi’s depreciation are expected to continue until after the 2024 general elections.

Dr. Amakye specifically highlighted Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia's role in the opposition during the 2016 elections, where he set standards for economic accountability and accessibility, convincing Ghanaians that he had solutions to the country's economic challenges.

He described Bawumia's criticisms of the John Mahama administration as mere political rhetoric, which has not translated into effective leadership as head of the economic management team.

He said "Dr. Bawumia has met several unions in opposition, talks about the state of the economy, and lectures about the free fall of the cedi against foreign currencies. so the standards that he set for Ghanaians to judge him by, his contribution towards Ghana’s development is the relationship between the cedi and foreign currencies. all we expect Dr. Bawumia to talk about is the cedi and the dollar conversation – that is the bottom line."

Dr. Amakye emphasized the importance of transparency and performance in public office, urging Dr. Bawumia to inform the public about any challenges hindering his effectiveness.

He noted that Nana Addo has good intentions for Ghana, and given Dr. Bawumia's expertise in economics, there is no reason Nana Addo would prevent him from carrying out his duties. Nana Addo explicitly stated that he chose Dr. Bawumia for his economic knowledge.

While in opposition, Dr. Bawumia delivered a lecture on the state of Ghana's economy under the theme, "The State of the Ghanaian Economy – A Foundation of Concrete or Straw."

He discussed various issues, including Ghana's bailout program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the decline in per capita income, fiscal deficits, infrastructure, and agriculture.

He also used the platform to criticize John Mahama and the NDC's alleged achievements over the past eight years, and outlined what the NPP would do if given the mandate on December 7, 2016.


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