Regional Secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Greater Accra, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, has taken President Akufo-Addo to the cleaners for suggesting that the party lacks understanding of social and economic development.
Responding to the statement by the president, Mr Chaie slammed the president and accused him of wasting taxpayers’ money on his regional tours including the current one he is embarking on in the capital city.
President Akufo-Addo has said the sound management of the Ghanaian economy, coupled with the implementation of a number social intervention programmes, such as the Free Senior High School policy, have exposed the lack of understanding of some elements of the National Democratic Congress on the subject of social and economic development.
According to President Akufo-Addo, over the last twenty-three months in office, his administration has overseen a revival of the Ghanaian economy, with growth rates increasing from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017, in addition to a reduction of the fiscal deficit from 9.3% in 2016 to 5.9% in 2017.
This has also led to the strengthening of the monetary policy, a reduction in interest rates, and the continuing stability of the cedi.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, when he began his 3-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, with a visit to the Healthi-Life Beverages Company Ltd.
In addition to strengthening the macroeconomic fundamentals of the economy, the President noted that his Government has decided to develop the human capital of the country, if the country is to move onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“If resources are all we need to build a country, we should be very rich in Ghana. But, we need, above all, trained human capital. That is why I made it a priority to open access to education. All those characters who are blabbing about the Free SHS, they don’t understand what social and economic development is all about,” President Akufo-Addo said.
But in his response, Mr Tetteh Chaie challenged the president to point to a single project he has undertaken since he assumed office.
‘’He promised to make Accra the cleanest city but I want to ask if that is what we are witnessing. Where is the cleanest city he promised? If we cannot see the cleanest city, why is he in Accra touring the region?
He said: ‘’Nana Addo has lost focus. He has not been able to fight corruption. He lied to Ghanaians and so why is he touring the region’’
In his view, the tour by Nana Addo is to ensure that the trust Ghanaians have lost in him is restored.
The current administration he said have failed woefully and Ghanaians have realised how they were deceived by Nana Addo to win power.
‘’What is he doing as he tours the region? He is wasting taxpayers’ money on his tour. Is this the better governance and leadership they promised? The NPP government is a failure. The government of Nana Addo is a fraud. He is destroying the solid foundation Mahama left. They are destroying everything.”
President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday commenced a three-day tour of the Greater Accra Region in accordance with his commitment to pay working visits to all regions every year.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Sunday told journalists at a press conference that, the President will inspect ongoing works on the Eastern Railway line in Accra, cut the sod for the construction of the James Town Fishing Harbour, a 25,000 Affordable Housing project at Amasaman as well as inspect the Abossey Okairoads construction.
“He will also commission a multipurpose Astro-Turf and community centre in Ablekuma Central, the New Ultra Modern Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) office complex and a new Assembly Building and School Complex at Anyaa Sowutuom.
“President Akufo-Addo will also inspect ongoing construction works on Tema Motorway Interchange, works of concrete roads at Tema Industrial Area, construction works on the Madina-Adenta Highway footbridges, and a Sunda Ltd 1D1F Factory at Bortianor / Ngleshi / Amanfrom.”
According to the Offoase Ayeribi MP, the President will be using the opportunity to apprise himself of the status of work as well as urge agencies and contractors to ensure diligence and value for money.
“These and the many other projects that the President has inspected or commissioned on the other 9 tours have been funded even in the midst of the limited fiscal space and huge arrears inherited by the Akufo-Addo administration,” he said.
The Minister said the President expects that as outlined in the 2019 budget, the improving fiscal environment and a significant reduction in arrears will afford the administration the opportunity to ramp up more economic infrastructure projects nationwide.