The aftermath of Dr Mahamadu Bawumia’s lecture at the national theater was a massive traffic in some parts of Accra.
Victims of the fallout had to stay in traffic for 4hours to cover distances covered within 30 minutes. Persons moving from Accra central using the flagstaff house route towards the airport area will have to cover the distance in 2 to 3 hours.
Speaking to a victim of the incident, he narrated his frustrations to topfmonline.com saying, I believe the traffic is caused by persons who attended the lectures.
“This political lecture has really disturbed me today, I have to get home and prepare for the office tomorrow, but am forced to remain here (37) because of this traffic”.
A quarrel sighted on by topfmonline.com indicated that, one party addressed the other as returning and moving nowhere but has added up to cause the traffic that evening.
Business in the traffic
Businesses boomed as a result, a donuts seller speaking to topfmonline.com said her business has seen improvement since the traffic intensified, she therefore decided to stay when she realized the traffic will go a long way.
She added that, she has made great sales even more than sales from the whole day, “even though the situation is disheartening, it is helping my business, my money within this few hours is more than the whole day’s sales”, she said.
Dr Bawumia at a public lecture at the National Theatre on Thursday, September 8, under the theme: ‘State of Ghana’s Economy – Foundation of Concrete or Straw?’ In his view, Ghana’s economic challenges were not about a lack of resources but the inefficient management of such resources.
He said no government since independence had had the amount of resources in terms of tax revenue, cocoa exports, and others as the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), yet President Mahama has nothing to show for it.
Dr Bawumia noted that in the eight years of the Kufuor administration, from 2001-2009, the total tax revenue collected was GHS15.2 billion, but between 2009 and 2015, the Mills-Mahama administration has collected GHS90 billion in taxes.
The lecture which ended in the evening was graced by the NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo, Former President Agyekum Kuffour and other stakeholders.
This left the streets of Accra with a lot of cars unable to move to and fro.
By: Maame Yaa Emefa Coffie