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Mahama , Bawumia fights over 24-hour economy promise.

Flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama has responded to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s claims the 24-hour economy is already being implemented.

According to John Mahama, some companies operating 24 hours do not invalidate a policy that will give incentives to others who decide to sign up.

Flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama has responded to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s claims the 24-hour economy is already being implemented.

According to John Mahama, some companies operating 24 hours do not invalidate a policy that will give incentives to others who decide to sign up.

Flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama has responded to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s claims the 24-hour economy is already being implemented.

According to John Mahama, some companies operating 24 hours do not invalidate a policy that will give incentives to others who decide to sign up.

Mr Mahama contends that this policy will address the pressing issue of Ghanaian youth embarking on perilous journeys across the Sahara and the Mediterranean in search of better opportunities in Europe.

Mahama doesn’t understand 24-hour economy – Bawumia insists
But critics including Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia say the policy adding that Mr Mahama lacks an understanding of the policy he is promising to Ghanaians.

On the back of this, the former President has clarified the issue at an engagement with students of the St. Joseph’s College of Education at Bechem as the ‘Building Ghana Tour’ kickstarted in the Ahafo Region.

He said the initiative will be a voluntary one that interested institutions can sign onto.

“It is not by force. When we come, we’ll open it. The initiative is available, any company that wants to work a shift system and work more than the eight hours that they normally work from eight o’clock to five o’clock, they will sign on. We will give them tax incentives because if you work the extra shift, you will be given tax breaks. Aside from that, you’ll be provided with security and everything that you need to be able to employ more people,” he said.

Meanwhile, the former President assures a team of experts is working to finalise the policy document

Voice of John Mahama

However, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has once again criticized former President John Mahama’s proposed 24-hour economy policy, calling it ill-conceived and lacking innovation.

During a recent campaign stop in the Northern Region, Dr Bawumia asserted that Mahama’s economic strategies have consistently fallen short and that true economic transformation requires more creative thinking.

“This is one idea that John Mahama thinks that he has brought, it is a bad idea, it is an idea that hasn’t been thought through so I want you to compare me to John Mahama, who has the ideas to transform this economy.

“The track record of John Mahama doesn’t show innovative thinking, it doesn’t show ideas, the track record of Dr Bawumia is idea after idea. I have my own priorities and I have my own vision, when I become president I will bring more ideas and you will hear them very soon.”

Meanwhile, former President Mahama has reaffirmed his commitment to implementing his proposed 24-hour economy policy, dismissing criticism from opponents and reiterating its potential to boost employment and revitalize the Ghanaian economy.

During a campaign rally in the Bono East Region, Mr. Mahama emphasized that his vision for a 24-hour economy extends beyond simply extending the operational hours of existing businesses.

The NDC flagbearer explained that his policy is based on a comprehensive approach that encourages and incentivizes businesses across various sectors to adopt 24-hour operations, thus creating new employment opportunities and stimulating economic growth.

“If one factory is doing 24 hours, that is not what I’m talking about. Everybody should be encouraged to be able to do a 24-hour shift. We have the harvest season now and factories that are processing agricultural products should be able to run two shifts,” Mr. Mahama explained.

“We will give incentives for everybody who wants to run a 24-shift system to be able to do that so that more young people will be employed,” he added.

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