Alhaji Aliu Mahama Memorial Lecture And Matters Arising.


TESCON, University of Ghana Branch congratulates the organizers of the Alhaji Aliu Mahama lectures for a successful program. It is the firmest conviction of the members of TESCON that the fight against indiscipline in Ghana should continue in Alhaji Aliu Mahama?s memory. It is in this light that we applaud Dr. Mahamud Bawumia for his brilliant speech which aside giving history of our economic development captured the consequence of indiscipline can have on our national economy.

TESCON, University of Ghana Branch deplores in the strongest terms the attacks against the person of Dr. Bawumia following the address he gave at the memorial lecture. It is with great disgust that we view the crass diversionary tactics employed by government operatives who are either too ashamed to face the reality of economic mess the government has placed the country into due to their financial indiscipline or incompetent to do a dispassionate discussion of the issues raised Dr. Bawumia in his address. We notice that these persons have decided to attack the person of Dr. Bawumia, as usual with their class and breed instead of attacking his facts and figures.

Dr. Bawumia raised a number of issues and made several suggestions, these suggestions we believe must trigger a national debate so that we come up together as a nation with the best possible solutions. His calls for the passage of a Fiscal Responsibility Act to bind governments from spending beyond a certain limit, a debate on the best currency exchange regime we should adopt as a national and his recommendation that an independent body with Parliamentary oversight is setup to handle government procurement so as to deal effectively with corruption in public procurement are salient matters that we should be discussing and debating.

We challenge these persons to rise above the gutters on this occasion and challenge the substance of what Dr. Bawumia said, if they can, using facts and figures rather than insults and innuendos


We believe a civilized society?s debate is driven by facts and ideas not invectives and loud noise. We understand that for the people on the other side, their automatic response to every suggestion of the opposition has been to rubbish it as ?Propaganda?.

If only Government folks would break down their wall and cut down their pride, they could learn a thing or two from the opposition which would help save mother Ghana from this ?Akonfem Socialism?.

We implore the Government to read and analyze the lecture delivered by Dr. Bawumia and take a close look at the recommendations made to help nip the bud, financial indiscipline in Government which threatens to throw off gear our economic drive towards prosperity.

As a country we should have left first ?gear a long time ago.


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