May 11, 2012

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu says the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) should direct its energy on compiling and announcing the 2010 Population and Housing Census results rather than spending time to attack NPP vice Presidential Candidate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.

According to him, the whole country is expecting the census results which has unduly delayed, a situation which has raised several concerns among political parties and all well meaning Ghanaians and instead of announcing the results the GSS has decided to wade into politics.

Hon. Balado Manu comment was in reaction to a press conference held by the Ghana Statistical Service in Accra on Wednesday in response to the shocking interpretation of their inflation figures by Dr Mahamadu Bawumia during the 5th annual Ferdinand Ayim Memorial Lecture in Accra last week.

Dr. Bawumia in the lecture contended that the figures by the GSS about the sustained single digit inflation by government are not consistent with the economic indicators in the country, an assertion the GSS said sort to question its credibility.

Contributing to a discussion on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, Stephen Balado Manu stated that the attacks on Dr. Bawumia was unwarranted as he painted the true picture of the economy.

He posited that the single digit inflation figure appears not to be real as prices of goods and services in the country continues to rise while high interest rate and a rapid depreciation of the cedi has become the order of the day.

Hon. Balado Manu added that Dr. Bawumia’s comments about the single digit inflation is dead right and as such must attract the interest of all well meaning Ghanaians for a non political approach to addressed issues he raised.

The GSS has recently stated on several media platforms that it would not be stampeded to announce inaccurate census results.

 Kwadwo Anim/