Ashanti regional executives of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by the Regional Communications Director Nurudeen Abass has today in a press conference at the forecourt of the party’s office described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s last week 3day tour of the region as a “waste of resources” and a drain on ‘taxpayers’ money.
According to the party, the president’s tour is an admission of failure to give the region its share of the ‘national cake’ and the president cannot boast of a single new project to be inspected in the region.
The party is, therefore, urging residents of the region to demand their share of National development to at least serve as a pay back for their commitment in bringing the party in power.
“As you know already, no region kept so much faith and so much confidence in President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 general elections more than the Ashanti region. Candidate Akufo- Addo garnered close to 1.7 million votes in the Ashanti region as compared to 678,000 votes in his home region that is the eastern region”. Abass reads.
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PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ASHANTI REGIONAL COMMUNICATION BUREAU ON THE 3-DAY TOUR OF THE ASHANTI REGION BY PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO.
14th October, 2019. Good morning distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press. We thank you very much for honoring our invitation at such short notice.
This is testament to your commitment to keeping the populace informed on topical issues of national importance, and we commend you for that. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we invited you this morning to put across our observations during the 3-day tour of the Ashanti Region by President Akufo-Addo.
As you already know, no region kept so much faith and confidence in candidate Akufo-Addo in the 2016 general elections more than the Ashanti Region. Indeed, Candidate Akufo-Addo garnered close to 1.7million votes in the Ashanti Region as compared to 678,000 votes in his home region (thus the Eastern Region).
Therefore, it was the legitimate expectation of the good people of Ashanti that this unflinching show of support will be reciprocated in the form of a corresponding massive infrastructural development, improved living conditions and an enabling environment for Ashanti businesses to thrive.
However, the reverse of these expectations is what currently pertains in the Ashanti Region as we speak. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, despite overwhelming evidence across the length and breadth of Ghana, that President Akufo-Addo has failed to deliver on his many lofty and deceitful promises, the President and his men still prioritise celebration of mediocrity over waking up to the reality that they have failed the Ghanaian people.
It was the hope of many that the just-ended 3-day tour would have afforded President Akufo-Addo the opportunity to showcase his so-called achievements in the Ashanti Region. However, the President’s tour has ended, and inhabitants of the Ashanti Region are still struggling to figure out why the President will carry an entourage of about 200 people and 70 V8’s from Accra just to inspect ordinary and petty projects.
In the estimation of the people of the Ashanti Region, these are projects that should ordinarily be within the domain of Assembly Members and never ever catch Presidential attention.
After three years in government, the people of the Ashanti Region would not be asking for too much, if they demand from President AkufoAddo legacy and life-impacting projects. Friends from the media, as we witnessed during President Akufo-Addo’s just-ended tour, the President rather bizarrely expended millions of taxpayer’s money on inspecting low-grade projects in a complete exercise of mediocrity laced with pomp and pageantry.
As it were, President Akufo-Addo’s attitude towards the Ashanti Region, the NPP’s ‘World Bank’, can be likened to that of a man and his proverbial old wife, whom he occasionally sees with no genuine show of affection. Akufo-Addo’s recent tour was nothing but a complete waste of the taxpayer’s money, and an insult to the intelligence of inhabitants of the Ashanti Region.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we in the NDC thought President Akufo-Addo was an expert only in the plagiarism of speeches, we never knew he plagiarizes projects too. A Timber Processing Factory that was established in 2010, MIRO FORESTRY COMPANY LIMITED, in the Sekyere Afram plains was recommissioned by President Akufo-Addo under the 1D1F program.
The President must immediately answer the following questions in his attempt to expropriate this particular project: How on earth can a private company that was established in 2010 all of a sudden metamorphose into a 1D1F program that supposedly started in 2017? What has become of the promise by President Akufo-Addo to build a brand-new Corn Flakes Factory for the people of Sekyere Afram Plains? A house built with saliva will definitely be collapsed by the early morning dew.
The 1D1F program has turned out to be the biggest scam that has ever been perpetuated on Ghanaians, and never again should we allow ourselves to be hoodwinked by such sugarcoated and empty rhetorics from political desperadoes. Friends from the inky fraternity, without further ado, we will now proceed to list the legacy and life-impacting projects President Johm Dramani Mahama did for Asanteman in the 4years he was president and challenge the Akufo addo govt to do same. Markets Kejetia central market,Tafo,Atonsu and Asawase Markets is to provide the safe environment for 60,000 traders. Water projects Mampong water project Konongo kumawu kwahu water project Expansion of the Barekese dam.
Senior High Schools Parkoso shs-about 4,000 Adugyama shs- about 3500 Adobewora shs- about 3000 Agric Nzema shs-about 2000 Banka shs-about 1500 Asuoso shs-about 1000 Cumulatively, the mahama community day schools have provided spaces to about 20,000 ashanti students. Hospitals 120 kumawu district hospital -abandoned. 60-bed Tepa district hospital -abandoned 120-fomena district hospital-abandoned 60-bed konongo district hospital-abandoned 500-bed military hospital and 150 staff housing unit abandoned.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. We therefore wish to find out from President Akufo-Addo what he has got to show in the Ashanti Region, against the backdrop that he has borrowed GHS80 billion, collected GHS20 billion in taxes and received GHS120 billion in the form of revenue from our natural resources in the 3 years that he has been in government. On the few road projects inspected by the President, contractors packed out of site immediately he left citing lack of funds and proper contractual agreement.
Ladies and gentlemen, if President Akufo-Addo and the NPP truly value the development of the Ashanti Region beyond relying on it as an electoral fortress, we would like to pose the following questions to President Akufo Addo;
1.Where are the sinohydro roads he promised the good people of kumasi?
2.Where is Ashanti’s share of the One district, one factory as we are yet to see even 1 new factory?
3.Where is the Suame interchange he promised?
4.Where is the $1 million per constituency?
5.Where is Ashanti’s share of the 350 SHS he promised to establish after 18 months in office?
6.where is Ashanti’s share of the Zongo Development Fund?
7.why has Arabic teachers under the Youth Employment Program not been paid for 17 months?
8.why did he not visit the Kejetia central market traders to have first-hand information on how the allocation process is going?
9.why did he not visit Obuasi to speak to issues of small-scale mining? We believe the President’s answer to these questions will further reinforce and expose his deceitfulness and the ingratitude of the NPP to the Ashanti Region. Indeed, President AkufoAddo whilst neglecting his party’s World Bank and feeding it with peanuts, has not forgotten about his own backyard which continues to receive the best of road network and other social amenities.
It is certainly time for the World Bank to be appreciated with its fair share of the pie under the party that enjoys the lion’s share of its electoral support. If President Akufo-Addo ever dreams that our people will be moved by sweet-sounding rhetorics and empty promises again, then he must have a rethink.
This is because in 2020, he will be judged solely based on his abysmal performance in government. Distinguished friends from the media, we wish to call on the people of this great Region not to despair, but to persevere in demanding what is their due from a government they overwhelmingly placed their trust in 2016. Of course, we are aware of recent attempts to suppress legitimate public concerns over the stunted pace of development in the region under this sterile Akufo-Addo government.
We in the NDC will continue to hold this government accountable for their promises to the people of the Ashanti Region, even as President AkufoAddo remains on borrowed time to a humiliating defeat in 2020.
We thank you for coming, and for carrying this message to our people in every nook and cranny of the Ashanti Region. May God bless our homeland Ghana. Signed. ABASS NURUDEEN (Ashanti Regional Communication Officer, NDC)