Co-founder of Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Governance Expert Professor Baffuor Agyemang Duah has stated emphatically that, it will be difficult for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu bawumia to exonerate himself from the failures of the government if there are any.
He noted that although the vice president, generally, does not take the final decision, Dr Bawumia is the one who has for so many years, been very vocal on government economic policies.
In view of this, it is difficult for Dr. Bawumia, according to Professor Baffuor Agyemang Duah, to insulate himself from any blame in the face of challenges because people will always associate the economic policies to the vice President.
His comments come at a time when the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said that the EMT does not have decision-making powers.
Dr Bawumia said they only advise the cabinet. As head of the EMT, he had been blamed for the economic challenges that Ghana is facing.
Delivering his address at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Wednesday February 7, Dr. Bawumia said “Thankfully, I was appointed as chair of the EMT, as a sub-committee to Cabinet we do not have decision-making powers but I am very proud of the quality of advice we have been providing over the years to Cabinet.
“As vice president, I was asked by the president to assist in solving the problems that were inhibiting the economy. My approach was to help formalize the economy through digitalization as stated in our 2016 manifesto.”
But speaking on the News 360 on TV3 monitored by Peacefmonline.com, on Thursday February 8, Prof Agyemang Duah said “The reality is that generally, vice presidents do not make the last call, they provide advice and the buck simply stops on the desk of the president which has been the reality of all vice presidents in republican states.
He further added, “But in this particular case, it seems to me Dr Bawumia was very vocal, in fact, in a way being loquacious in articulating the economic policies of this government therefore, a lot of people look at him as spearheading the government’s economic policies and therefore if there is a failure in those policies it has been difficult for many people to death him.”
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