In a desperate attempt to make political capital out of the Adentan-Madina riots which were triggered by the death of a 19-year-old West Africa Senior High School student who was hit by a moving vehicle, the National Democratic Congress has gone all out to absolve itself of any form of blame and has, thus, faulted the governing New Patriotic Party for what it calls the failure of the Akufo-Addo administration to fix the footbridges on that stretch of the road.

The 5.6 kilometres Adentan-Madina stretch of the Adentan-Pantang road has been the cause of about 24 deaths since January 2018 with several people having gotten injured and all these have been occasioned by the incomplete footbridges on the road.

Speaking on the topic on Joy News’ flagship programme, Newsfile, on Saturday, 10th November 2018, the former Deputy Minister for Communications under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, sought to blame the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration for not being proactive in responding to the numerous calls to have the footbridges completed.

In his submission, Mr Kwakye Ofosu alleged that the Mahama administration saw to the continuous execution of the project until the party lost the 2016 elections and that if Ghanaians had not voted against former President Mahama and the NDC, the footbridges would have been completed, a phenomenon, he insisted, would have forestalled the carnage on that road.

The former Deputy Minister for Communications also claimed that the Adentan-Pantang road was part of the famous Gang of Four constructed by former President John Agyekum Kufour and that there was no dedicated funding source for it. He said that it was being funded by the Government of Ghana.

On the same show, Mr Unisah Fuseini, a former Minister for Roads and Highways who sent in a text message sought to corroborate the story told by Felix Kwakye Ofosu and indicated that monies were being paid to the contractor for the project as and when certificates were raised. Mr Fuseini also said that as at the time the NDC was leaving office, the project was 98% complete.

These accounts by Mr Ofosu Kwakye and Unisa Fuseini were however discounted by Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako, the Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper.

Exposing the falsehood peddled by the NDC representative on the show, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako disputed the claim that the road formed part of the Gang of Four. He also emphasized that the road was not a Government of Ghana-funded project but a facility from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and the Saudi Fund.

Mr Baako also countered Unisa Fuseini’s assertion that the project was 98% complete. He said that as at the time the NDC was exiting power, the project was 75% completed per the available documents.

He said that though documentation on the project was finalized in September 2008, actual construction began in 2009.

From the NDC’s own documents, absolutely nothing was added to the 75% complete project since 2014. What this means is that the claims by both Ofosu Kwakye and Unisa Fuseini that the project stalled after the NDC lost the 2016 elections and that monies were made available to the contractor as and when he raised certificates were palpable falsehoods.

What comes as a shock to many Ghanaians is that while the new administration takes steps to quickly complete the abandoned project, the NDC was seeking to make political capital out of it.

Viewers and listeners of the program took to Facebook and other social media networks to condemn the attempts at politicizing the matter and instead called on the opposition party to focus on contributing ideas towards the development of the nation.

In effect, these strenuous efforts by the opposition National Democratic Congress to whip up sentiments against the ruling New Patriotic Party have been scuttled by the facts contained above.


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