Former Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has described as unnecessary the challenge thrown at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to show Ghanaians their social intervention policies.
According to the former Presidential spokesperson, “the NDC has several social policies and interventions to its credit; we love social interventions and we implement them better because we are social democrats.
“Incredibly, Ghana’s loquacious Vice-President, Dr. Bawumia has asked the National Democratic Congress to point to one social intervention we implemented while in government, which was geared towards alleviating the sufferings of Ghanaians. This evokes an oxymoronic response: I am glad but sad! The latter feeling is because Bawumia is still speaking to the issue of the sufferings of Ghanaians, when in actual fact according to Candidate Akufo-Addo’s promise in 2016, he was expected to ‘transform’ Ghana within eighteen months upon assuming office as President”.
In a statement to react to Dr. Bawumia, Dr. Omane Boamah added: “It is not in doubt that, it was the NDC that initiated the Health Insurance Scheme, (Kotoh et al., 2018; Agyepong and Adjei 2008; Arhinful 2003; Arhin-Tenkorang 2001; and Waddington and Enyimayew 1989). It is also not in doubt that the NPP scaled it up under President Kufuor in 2003 and was subsequently converted into a functionally integrated National Health Insurance Scheme under President John Evans Atta Mills. Notwithstanding these immutable facts, the NPP continues to project monopoly over the NHIS!
“In a similar vein, the John Mahama government implemented Progressively Free SHS for over 400, 000 students. Yet, even though not all SHS students are currently benefitting from the ongoing limited free SHS programme, which covers only Form 1 and 2 students, government dishonestly insists it is not progressive.
“At this stage, the simple question to answer is, was the progressively free SHS programme under Mahama a social intervention or not? The answer is ‘oui’ in French because the policy is affirmed by the accepted definition of social interventions contrary to what Dr. Bawumia, the perverse social scientist wants the world to believe”, he jabbed.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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