Complainer-in-chief Akufo-Addo, stop the complaints, face the work, deliver your promises
What goes around comes around. If President Akufo-Addo cannot be fair to his predecessor, he should expect the same treatment when he leaves office in 2020. The pattern of appropriating achievements of the Mahama administration is disheartening. It is unfair and unjust for Akufo-Addo to take credit for the achievements without acknowledging the role of the initiator and executor.
Just like the opposition that must be constructive in criticising the government, Akufo-Addo and his party owe the Mahama administration and the Ghanaian public the moral and social duty of acknowledging the positive accomplishments of the Mahama administration.
President Akufo-Addo has returned to his old habit of blaming and told the chiefs and people of Komenda in the central region that there was no money saved by predecessor. He said he inherited an empty treasury. This is patently untrue without mincing words, the President lied. President Akufo-Addo and his party came into government with their Prudent Bank Debt. Some Nigerian Business magnates sponsored their campaign and we were told by Ken Agyepong that the former BOST boss, Alfred Obeng, sponsored Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign and paid the former flag bearer, Ghc 300,000 monthly for his personal use. The President and his party entered office with huge debt hanging around their neck.
If former President John Mahama left no savings, with what money did President Akufo-Addo use to settle Ghana’s accumulated dues at the Ecowas Peacekeeping secretariat few days after the 2016 election. Where did he raise the over Ghc 200 million he spent on his inauguration and the amount he allocated to the Ghana @60 secretariat. What about the decision to appoint 110 ministers and one million Presidential staffers.
A president who inherited an empty treasury making that huge appointments? How did he pay salary of workers the first quartet of his first year in office. If the ex-President left no savings, with what money did President Akufo Addo use to purchase the customised vehicles.
Few days after his inauguration, President Akufo Addo commissioned the Wa Water project. This was a project built and completed by the Mahama administration. He also announced that Air France will soon start operation in Ghana. Air France first announced the decision during the time of President Mahama. The decision to operate fully in Ghana is as result of current standard of our international airport. Many international airlines applied to operate in Ghana because of its current standard after the renovation work.
The Health Minister, recently recommissioned the Ridge Hospital. This project was also built and completed by the Mahama administration. The biggest teaching hospital (University of Ghana Teaching Hospital) in West Africa was built by President Mahama.
By completing close to 70 of the community day secondary schools and renovating hundred of the old senior and junior secondary schools, the Mahama administration did not only increase access to education, its policy also had the intended side effect of putting hundreds of thousands of youth to work which stimulated the economy and contributed to GDP growth. I challenge Nana Akufo-Addo to contradict me. In Kyebi, Mr Mahama completed a huge water project and constructed roads and schools in the area.
The Atuabo Gas plant is saving Ghana Ghc 500 million annually apart from the other benefits we get from the project including jobs etc.
What about the stabilisation and heritage funds? How would the situation have been if the former administration had not built the new secondary schools.
What about the district hospitals, the military hospital, the CHPS compound, the polyclinics etc.
Akufo Addo is the luckiest President in the history of this great nation. His immediate predecessor John Mahama inherited serious challenges including the power crisis, the single spine salary scheme, low prices for our exports, bad infrastructure network, etc.
The power crisis started tormenting Ghana from the 80s. At point Ghana purchased on the average about 200 megawatts of electricity during peak periods from Ivory Coast at 125 cedis per kilowatt unit and sell at 23 cedis per kilowatt unit to Ghanaians. The VRA to meet the demand in the 90s, operated an expensive diesel plant at Tema at 20 million cedis a day from 5.00 pm to 12 midnight. Sale from this diesel plant, yielded only 2.3-million cedis a day.
When the power crisis (dumsor) raised its ugly head under Mahama, some Ghanaians forgot all these past crisis and how Daily Graphic placed at the right corner of its FrontPage, the level of the Akosombo Dam. They forgot that when the Dam went very low, pastors were deployed to the place to pray for divine intervention.
Mahama solved this decades old power crisis with the purchase of more plants including Ameri etc before leaving office.
Every district, region, town and village saw significant transformation in terms of infrastructure under President Mahama. He rehabilitated our ports, started rehabilitation of our railways and construction of new ones etc. The President should check revenue government get monthly from the telecommunication sector as a result of projects and policies implemented by the Mahama administration.
President Akufo-Addo better concentrate on how to get down to work and start tackling state matters and how to deliver the numerous promises made to Ghanaians during the electioneering period rather than making unnecessary noise that he inherited an empty treasury.
It is totally disservice for President Akufo-Addo to have said he inherited an empty treasury as there is no way Ghana a nation could be cashless. What happened in Komenda was a continuation of a silent war going on within the President against John Mahama with a view to giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. What are the indices to show that the treasury was empty?
The President must be reminded that his senior minister and a former finance minister under the first NPP administration said during his vetting that the economy they inherited was fundamentally strong. Mr President should find out from his finance minister and his economic advisors what US$ 7 billion investment in the oil and gas industry will do to an economy.
The President makes ear splitting noise about the few positives recorded. The world bank predicted these figures. It projected an 8% growth in the Ghanaian economy and based its projection on the investments the Mahama administration made in the oil and gas industries.
The President should go over the latest rating by standard and poor and would understand why all discerning minds rate Mahama above him in all spheres. The report cautioned the Akufo-Addo administration against reckless spending and borrowing to enable it maintain gains made as a result of policies implemented by his predecessor and benefits being accrued from investments made in the oil and gas industries by the Mahama administration.
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Columnist: Ohenenana Obonti Krow