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General News of Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Source: citifmonline

Nana Addo is 'small in knowledge and ideas' - Mubarak

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A Youth Activist of the National Democratic Congress has described the NPP’s 2012 Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo as one who is “big on words but small in knowledge and ideas”.

Mohammed Mubarak Abdulai, popularly known as Ras Mubarak told Eyewitness News on Citi FM that the NPP and its candidate are constantly criticizing the NDC government without providing alternative solutions.

“The opposition as a matter of fact is being most irresponsible. Look at their candidate Akufo-Addo; he is big on words and small in knowledge and ideas. He keeps making statements about nothing happening and we do not hear anything in terms of policy alternatives about what he intends doing if he were to be the president."

"Akufo-Addo as candidate of the NPP in 2008, gave an invitation to the NDC to join hands in building Ghana and that a new dawn of politics had set in. And just over a year, he is sitting on the fence and throwing salvoes. I mean that’s a mark of hypocrisy.” he said.

“Nana Addo should tell us what he is about. Is he for the reduction of deficits or what does he stand for? To simply call people names is not real politics and that is what he spoke against when he was on the other side, where he said it was about time we threw away the politics of insults, vindictiveness and vituperations. Now see the stance he and his people in the NPP have taken. If they want to be responsible, they should give us policy indicators and alternatives and not simply call people names” he added.

Mr. Mubarak was responding to a claim by the NPP’s National Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, that the NDC risks sending Ghana back into the position of a Highly lndebted Poor Country (HIPC), if it returns to the pre-2001 “habit of reckless and unsustainable borrowing”.

The NPP’s concerns follow the recent signing of agreements worth $16 billion dollars with the Chinese government, and another $10 billion agreement with the Korean Government, to allow a Korean company STX build 200,000 housing units.

Although Ras Mubarak says some of the NPP’s criticisms are “unwarranted and most irresponsible”, he admits that the NDC’s loan signings are on the high side and could plunge the country into an unpleasant situation.

Mr. Mubarak, who recently asked government to explain the reasons that necessitated the postponement of the signing of the STX Housing deal, accused the government of lacking coherence in its management of the country’s affairs. He said the NDC was gradually repeating the errors of the NPP by piling up loans.

“We had been on the tails of the NPP criticizing them for piling up debts and we are just about doing same. I am not completely saying we must not borrow. It must be done responsibly. When we came in, we said we were going to reduce deficits and so we introduced austere measures and then raised taxes, and now we are all over the place borrowing".

"What do we stand for? Are we for deficit reduction, tax increases or for cuts? It’s a bit incoherent for me. We need to be clear where we want to move this nation.At least we saw the extent of wrong-headed policies and extent of borrowing under the NPP” he said.

In response to Mr. Mubarak’s criticisms, the National Youth Organizer of the NPP Anthony Karbo said it was completely out of place for Mr. Mubarak to suggest that Nana Addo and the NPP have no policy alternatives for the government.

He said the NPP has bluntly articulated its position on all key steps that the government has taken. He said Nana Addo as leader of the party, will soon make known his specific policy directions for the country.

Against this backdrop, Mr. Mubarak advised Nana Addo to “shut up if he is not ready and come forth so they can take him seriously when he is ready”.

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