Facts check: Akufo-Addo’s priority is Zongos progress; Mahama, unrepentant in his disregard for Zongos- Malamoos.
Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, Mr John Dramani Mahama, in the past few days took to another level, his unrepentant disregard for Zongos with his misplaced and clueless political rhetoric, this time, to build a morgue, something that has been widely condemned as “unnecessary” and “unreasonable” by reputable and learned Muslims.
It seems to me that, as regards to the contestants in this upcoming 2020 elections, the people of Zongo should not be interested in content of Manifestos. Why? Because, 2020 is a contest between President Nana Akufo-Addo and a former President John Mahama. Thus, it appears the reasonable approach to assessing the two candidates should be based solely on their RECORDS.
Admittedly, President Akufo-Addo had been indefensibly vilified throughout the 8 years term of NDC/MAHAMA by state sponsored actors who conjured up monotonous and risible tales against then candidate Akufo-Addo over a fictional, so called dislike for Zongos all in desperate attempts by NDC/MAHAMA to paint him black.
This time, on assumption of office as President, Nana Akufo-Addo proved his critics wrong. Arguably, President Akufo-Addo has been the first ever President of Ghana who has made Zongo progress his priority. The boldest act of creating the Zongo Ministry, defines the utmost respect and regards that President Akufo-Addo has for Zongos.
That apart, he is set up a Zongo Development Fund, on the solid anchor of parliamentary powers, and made the ZoDF as part of the seven key priority and flagship projects outlined in the 2017 budget and had allocated a seed money of GH¢219.5 million to Zongo Development. Indeed, it is not gain saying that, over the last three and half years of President Akufo-Addo regime, the thousands of Zongo communities in Ghana have become spots for development. We are grateful witness of the many schools that are been built, refurbishing of our hospitals, building of toilets, mechanized water systems, grant of Scholarships to brilliant but needy students, regular payment of wages to Arabic Instructors, adoption and examination on Arabic, etc. Mention can be made about the Free SHS, whose decision to implementation was taken in a record 6 months into office of President Akufo-Addo to the chagrin of doubting Thomas’s and naysayers.
In contrast to the NDC/MAHAMA, that “leftist” party which commands such huge numbers of votes from the Zongos, virtually have nothing to show as done to impact on the lives of our Zongo folks. The NDC/MAHAMA have a record of throwing crumbs in a discriminatory manner at Zongo the NDC/MAHAMA only remember Zongo in the month of Ramadan where they would donate some kettles for ablution (BUTA) , some bags of rice, sugar, and oils to a handful of their favourite NDC/MAHAMA supporters. I dare the NDC/MAHAMA to point to a single impactful policy or development that they have done to Zongos.
Suffice to say is that, the flagbearer of NDC, candidate Mahama who is reputed for his gross disregard for Zongos, have in an unrepentant way, this time, garnished his inherent dislike for Zongos with some very distasteful comments. Ranging from OKADA, MORTUARY, etc. Like Baba Jamal of the NDC rightly exposed candidate Mahama, Zongo does not need a morgue. It seems a wonder, why candidate Mahama who criminalised Okada as President would want to legalise it when he’s the leader of opposition. It is surprising how candidate Mahama cannot apprise himself with records from our hospitals, which tells us the unconscionable fatalities caused by OKADA in recent times. Zongos, will prefer a better transport system which has been proposed by vice President Alhaji Dr Mahmud Bawumia.
The failure and inability of NDC and candidate Mahama to sit down and think rightly about reasonable needs of Zongos exposes their utter disregard for Zongos progress. It is surprising that, Mahama who was a President in the last four years lacks competence to understand the needs of Zongos. While it occurs that, candidate Mahama should be called on to apologise for such a crude suggestion of a Mortuary, someone said to me that, “Time has a way of exposing and removing the mask from the faces of most dishonest politicians like that in NDC/MAHAMA.”
Zongos prefer and will chose President Akufo-Addo anytime any day over candidate Mahama because President Akufo-Addo has shown not only that he understands the Zongo Development agenda, but that, his impressive records vindicates him.