The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hit back at Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for making some untrue statements about industrialization during his campaign tour in Kumawu over the weekend.
Dr. Bawumia, who was addressing supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Kumawu Constituency in the Ashanti Region ahead of the May 23 by-election, alleged that “NDC built only two factories but the NPP has built over 150 factories.”
The NDC, in a statement signed by its Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, described this assertion as “a blatant lie”. The statement said that “the previous NDC/Mahama administration established strategic, high priority State-owned factories that boosted growth in key sectors of the Ghanaian economy.”
The statement also added that “the Vice President needs to educate himself and cure his own ignorance about the nature of their so-called 1D1F initiative. This is because, none of the said 1D1F factories, was actually built by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.”
The NDC also condemned Dr. Bawumia for his remark that “Guinea fowls flew to Burkina Faso under John Mahama” during his campaign speech.
The statement said that this comment “is nothing but a deliberately contrived lie which Bawumia and his ilk continue to rehash. That the Vice President will continue to dabble in this cheap spin reveals how low he has descended.”
The statement further said that “it is important to remind Bawumia and his likes that Manasseh Azuri Awuni, the journalist who investigated the guinea fowl production and marketing joint venture project by the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Asongtaba Cottage Industry is on public record to have refuted this claim.”