Godwin Edudzi Tameklo, a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communications Team, has criticized Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for his tendency to engage in “rush-talk.”
According to Mr. Tameklo, Dr. Bawumia’s rush-talk has exposed his lack of understanding of how public policies work.
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Mr. Tameklo cited the $2 billion Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) deal with Sinohydro Corporation Limited, a Chinese state-run firm, as an example of Dr. Bawumia’s inadequate policy-making.
Despite warnings from the opposition that the deal would incur debts, Dr. Bawumia dismissed the criticisms, claiming that members of the opposition party do not read. The deal has indeed added to the country’s debt, proving the opposition’s suspicion correct.
Mr. Tameklo also criticized Dr. Bawumia’s Gold for Oil policy, saying that the Vice President has failed to provide critical details of the program for proper assessment. He called on Dr. Bawumia to disclose the amount of gold the government gets from small-scale miners and other mining companies, as well as their value, in order to purchase a specified metric tonne of oil.
Dr. Bawumia recently claimed that the current reduction in fuel prices at the pumps is due to the Gold for Oil deal. However, some experts have expressed contrary views, stating that the drop in petroleum prices is not necessarily attributable to the Gold for Oil policy.
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Dr. Theo Acheampong, a Political Risk Analyst, disagreed with the government’s claim, saying that the price for gold-for-oil products is higher compared to existing products on the market. The Bulk Oil Distributing Companies (BDCs) who did not participate in the policy are selling at lower prices.