An activist of the National Democratic Congress, Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese, has delved into the “Adongo – Bawumia challenge”.
Mr Gbeadese, an Economic Policy Management graduate, in a facebook post cited by Ghana News Avenue has given reasons why Hon Isaac Adongo is capable of debating Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia on the country’s economy.
Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese
Hon Isaac Adongo, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, speaking at a forum organised by the Coalition for Restoration (CFR) under the theme ‘Assessing the three-year reign of President Akufo-Addo’ at Labone in Accra, challenged Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to a debate on the country’s economy.
Reacting to this call, the UG TESCON president - Martin Abdallah, in a statement submitted himself to face Hon Adongo for the debate. According to Mr Abdallah, Dr. Bawumia is not Hon Adongo’s “coequal in the discipline of economics” because at when Hon Adongo was “struggling to obtain a degree at the University of Ghana Business School in the late 1990s, Dr. Bawumia was already an astute Ph.D. holder for years from the University of British Columbia, Canada”
Read Mr. Gbeadese’s Facebook post below:
Dear Martin Abdallah-TESCON PRESIDENT,
I have chanced upon a letter supposedly written by you to Hon Isaac Adongo, in which you sought to accept a challenge thrown by the award winning economist to Dr Mahmoud Bawumia-the VEEP. After reading through your six disjointed paragraphed letter, I could only feel the wind of a young elephant who rather wanted to ride on the popularity of Hon Adongo to gain some political visibility.
Mr Martin, in your attempt to address the outspoken Hon Adongo, you referred to him as a braggart. If you would indulge me, I wish to quote the definition of braggart as captured by the Cambridge Dictionary...”A braggart is someone who proudly talks a lot about himself or herself and his/her achievements or possessions”. Reference the above definition, which one of the two persons (Bawunia and Adongo) best fit the definition?
For your information Mr Martin Abdallah, Hon Isaac Adongo with his degree in a home-made University like the University of Ghana was voted as the best Minority MP by an Indigenous Research and Investigation Company; FAKS Investigation Services. Also, on 23rd March, 2019, the Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute at its 2018 Pan-African Republic Honorary, Hon Isaac Adongo was adjudged and honored as the best Financial Analyst with a fair and balanced contribution to national development and the most influential MP for the 2017/18 year.
Only some few days ago, the same Hon Adongo, was again adjudged by the African Heroes Forum as THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ECONOMIST of the Seventh Parliament. All this while, your much talked about Economic Messiah was the head of the Economic Management Team which couldn’t find the reasons our cedi was depreciating. With you in the NPP, even if the cedi gains an atom of weight of 0.00001 to its major trading currencies, the skies will hear the name of Dr Bawumia in a hymn. If the NPP had a man like Hon Adongo in Parliament, like by now the President will prescribe a uniform for the Members of Parliament.
The issue is simple, Dr Bawumia is engaged in propaganda and convenient analysis of skewed but cooked economic figures. Even you Martin as a struggling student of Economics in UG, will you ever look in the face of a businessman who’s into import and export and tell him to sing your praises because during your regime, although the cedi is struggling at GHC 5.7 to the dollar, the rate of depreciation in percentage terms is lower than same time under the erstwhile administration during which $1 was going for GHC 3.8? Do we exchange currencies at prevailing rates of at its rate of depreciation or appreciation?
I have this for you as a colleague student...if you think your University of Ghana Business School is inferior to the University of British Columbia, Canada, then, may your inferiority complex consume you in that Econs Department at UG. Dr Bawumia never ascended the Governor of Bank of Ghana and not even closed to the Office of the Vice President, yet he went throwing his weight about with some empty 170 questions which were even statement of claims and not questions as he claimed.
At this juncture, I want to join the chorus that HE Dr Bawumia, the British Columbia University trained Economist must accept the challenge to debate Hon Isaac Adongo, the UG trained Accountant.
Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese
(Economic Policy Management student-UG)