Former president Mr. John Dramani Mahama says President Nana Akufo-Addo has rather become an expert in “sod-cutting”, but has very little to show in terms of infrastructural development in Ghana today.
In his view, Mr. Akufo-Addo has lowered the standard of the country’s infrastructural drive with subterfuge and propaganda, laced with empty sloganeering without the corresponding achievements to show.
Speaking at Kasoa on the first day of his three-day campaign tour of the Central Region ahead of his party’s presidential primary Mr. Mahama accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of engaging in empty “sod-cutting”.
The NPP promised to build 101 district hospitals, six new regional hospitals in the new regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, as well as a regional hospital for Western Region.
All these hospitals, which were to be built under the government’s flagship programme dubbed “Agenda 111” to promote health care delivery, also included an upgrade of the Effia Nkwanta hospital.
According to Mr. Mahama, though the President enjoyed fanfare during the sod-cutting of these and many projects he proposed, they had remained unfulfilled, as some sites cleared for the projects were bare. He mentioned that in terms of better economic and infrastructural development, his government stood tall, and challenged Ghanaians to compare the records.
He, therefore, appealed to the charged NDC supporters, and delegates in particular, to repose their trust in him and renew his mandate to lead the party into the 2024 elections, as the flagbearer during the primary.
According to Mr. Mahama, his experience as a former president would enable him to effectively implement the party’s programmes and initiatives that would ameliorate the plight of all Ghanaians.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has slated its presidential and parliamentary primaries for May 13, 2023. As a result, Mr. Mahama, who has put himself up to be elected to lead the party into the next general elections, is touring the various constituencies to interact with the delegates to vote for him.
His visit to the Central Region first took him to Ewutu Senya East, through to West Gomoa, East Effutu, Gomoa Central, and Agona East and West constituencies.