Akufo-Addo can’t boast of solid devevelopment – Mahama

Former president John Mahama has said the Akufo-Addo administration has nothing “solid” to show on the ground as achievement.

Mahama said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has failed to transform the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian after two years in office.

“After two years in office, the government should have some solid developments to talk about but they don’t have,” the former president, who is eyeing a comeback, said during an interview with Accra-based Radio Gold.

President Akufo-Addo during his State of the Nation Address Thursday touted the achievements of his government such as purchasing 275 ambulances for every district and the rolling out of the one district one factory programme.

Reacting to the president’s claims, Mahama said the president has lost touch with the people on the ground.

“I have heard many including traders at Abossey Okai complain about import duties and high taxes,” Mahama said.

He added: “Go to the people and find out if they feel those promises have been achieved. The people are disappointed. For many of the things government talks about, the electorate do not see how it will benefit them.”

He said the economy is being mismanaged and that is manifesting in the poor performance of the Cedi as against major international currencies.“I never claimed that I have “arrested the dollar and handed over the keys to the IGP”. The president avoided talking about the foreign exchange flight, and what steps he’s taking to halt it. That is an issue of grave concern to businesses.

“The president put out a number of facts that were misinformed. An example is the claim that his government discovered oil. That discovery was by Hess in 2013,” Mahama stated.

Mahama is contesting six others for the flagbearer slot of the NDC ahead of the 2020 general elections. The primaries take place Saturday, February 23, 2019.


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