By Our Monitoring Desk
Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), yesterday, failed woefully in its bid to puncture holes into the presentation by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the government Economic Management Team (EMT) on the state of the Ghanaian economy, a day earlier.
Try as they could, the team which was presented to be the NDC Economic Management Team in the event that the party won power 2020 could not at least challenge the facts and figures put out by the Vice President Bawumia, but rather resorted to quoting figures from Bloomberg, a website, even that which later turned out to be false.
Bolgatanga Central Member of Parliament(MP) who reportedly mustered the courage to do the presentation, after all the fine brains in the party had refused to counter because the economic wizard had spoken, accused government of borrowing to finance consumption instead of capital investment.
According to Isaac Adongo, government’s appetite for loans would cripple the country’s future and saddle generations yet unborn with debt.
Mr. Adongo was the keynote speaker at a forum organized by the Coalition for Restoration’ at the Mensvic hotel on the theme “The State of Ghanaian economy: Myths and Truth.”
“In 2018 we went to borrow $750 million and only $119 million was spent on capital expenditure and 631 million dollars on consumption. Our children will have to pay for this and they have nothing to show for it.”
“No wonder they were celebrating with Kenkey and Fish. The Kenkey will end up in consumption. It will end up here with our Eurobonds,” Adongo told the gathering of NDC supporters composed of former government appointees.
Citing the recent 3 billion dollars government Eurobond, which was oversubscribed to the tune of $21 billion, the Bolgatanga Central MP said it holds no investment potential as two billion of the bond will go into financing the 2019 and the rest into corruption.
Recall that in a Town Hall Meeting by the EMT on Wednesday, the Vice President, Dr. Mahaudu Bawunia, accused the NDC of “plunging Ghana into a deep fiscal hole.”
“This poor state of public finances, weak policy implementation and lack of policy credibility resulted in Ghana requesting an IMF bailout in August 2014.
“Since there was no meat on the bone, to fill the deep hole in public finances, the government resorted to some tough fiscal measures; notably the increase in the tax burden on every conceivable consumption item and production activities.
“In addition to hiring freezes, there were cuts to a number of areas of spending; most notably were cuts to research allowances for lecturers, nursing training, and teacher training allowances,” the Vice President told the audience as they cheered along.
While Adongo accused the government of excessive borrowing, the records reflect that Ghana and its leaders have an affinity to bonds and borrowing.
Prior to the 2016 elections, Ghana’s debt stood at ¢122 billion. Between the period of 2007 and 2016, Ghana had contracted a total of four billion dollars’ worth of Eurobonds with interest rate ranging between 5 and 8 per cent to be paid between 12 years and 31years.