Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, recently elected as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer for the 2024 general elections, has criticized former President John Dramani Mahama’s proposition of a 24-hour economy, stating that Mahama appears to misunderstand the concept. Bawumia made these remarks during his first visit to the northern region since his election as flagbearer.
Addressing a lively crowd, Bawumia challenged Mahama’s claim of introducing a novel idea, asserting that a 24-hour economy is not new to Ghana. He pointed out that several sectors, including hospitals, power and fuel service providers, and certain food establishments, already operate around the clock. Bawumia also highlighted the impact of digitalization, emphasizing that financial transactions can occur 24 hours a day.
“He (Mahama) doesn’t understand his own policy; it does not make sense. I want you to note that in 2024, we are having a new vision. I will bring new policy, and we will transform this country. John Mahama is the past, Dr. Bawumia is the future,” declared Bawumia, prompting cheers from the crowd.
Mahama had recently defended his 24-hour economy proposal during discussions with the Trade Union Congress (TUC). He clarified that the policy, aimed at addressing escalating youth unemployment, would depend on increased security and the availability of affordable and reliable power. Mahama assured that the initiative would not be imposed on businesses, but instead, tax incentives would be provided to those willing to participate.
As the political discourse intensifies in the lead-up to the 2024 elections, the clash between Bawumia and Mahama over economic policies is expected to shape the narrative in Ghana’s political landscape. Bawumia’s promise of a “new vision” and dismissal of Mahama’s proposal suggests a contest of ideas and visions for the country’s future.