Former President John Dramani Mahama has indicated that the Nana Akufo-Addo led- government, compared to any other government, is an obstacle to the country’s development.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the Asutifi North Constituency at the district capital, Hwidiem, as part of a two-day tour to the Ahafo Region to congratulate the traditional leaders and people for voting massively for its creation, former President Mahama explained that per the 1992 Constitution, a new president must ensure to continue to complete all projects in all sectors for the good people of Ghana before commencing new ones, yet His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his team have totally ignored the law, which ignorance and apathy is really affecting the people.
According to him, former presidents of the country, namely JJ Rawlings, JA Kufuor, the late JEA Mills and himself respected the constitution by tackling such projects before touching on new ones in accordance with their manifestos, but the current President is going astray and needs to be brought back on track.
JDM, as the former President has become known, said as a result of President Akufo-Addo’s attitude, most projects, which are of major benefits to the people irrespective of political affiliation, have been abandoned, thus, denying the people the right to have improved living conditions.
He added that most Ghanaians are bitterly complaining of this behaviour of the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and that it is time it was told to do the right thing to improve the lot of the people, especially those in the rural areas.
Former President Mahama said the Hwidiem-Kenyasi road, which was nearing completion to serve a major purpose to the residents, is now left unattended, resulting in the huge quantum of dust, while drivers are contending with the purchase of new spare parts on a daily basis, a situation he described as “unfair to the people.”
He further said there are no limitations to what the President and the government are doing when it comes to neglecting good projects started by the previous government, saying it is really annoying and called on Ghanaians to speak against it.
The former President, who is also the flagbearer of the biggest opposition political party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), pointed out that he had not on any occasion said he would cancel the Free Senior High School initiative introduced by the NPP.
According to him, the double-track system is not helping the education system and hinted that the NDC would amend it when elected in 2020.
The former President, in the company of the National Chairman of the NDC, General Secretary, National Organiser and other top NDC executives toured all the six constituencies, namely Asunafo North, Asunafo South, Asutifi South, Asutifi North, Tano North, and Tano South.
The entourage had earlier visited Tanoso, Duayaw Nkwanta, Techimantia, Bechem, Sienkyiem, Hwidiem, Sankore, Kwapong, Kukuom, Mim, Goaso, Kenyasi and Ntotroso.