Politics of Mon, 11 Jun 201835
NPP government now ‘plagiarizing NDC projects’ – Mahama
Former President John Mahama has lashed out at President Nana Akufo-Addo for supposedly re-commissioning already commissioned works on phase two of the Kumasi Airport project.
Mr. Mahama said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is proving that it is good at “plagiarizing projects.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo last week cut the sod for construction works to begin on the Airport even though the National Democratic Congress (NDC) contends it did same in December 2016.
Addressing the NDC’s final Unity Walk at Aflao in the Volta Region, Mr. Mahama described the NPP government as petty.
“…you know the most shocking, they are also cutting sod again for projects that we have cut sod for already. Kumasi airport phase 2, we got the loan $65 million, we sent it to Parliament, parliament approved it. On December 6, 2016, I was asked to go cut sod for the project, when I went to the site, the contractor had started working, he had taken control of the site, he had cleared the place and started working. And I broke the ground for the commencement of work.”
“Let me give you examples, and that is the pettiness of the NPP. They cannot even give credit where it is due. What does it take away from you if you give credit? President Rawlings carried out the feasibility study for the Bui Dam project, President Kufuor came and found the money and started the project. When president Mills came the money wasn’t enough so he went to China and got additional money to continue, the project was finally finished under president Mahama.”
The former President said the current government stopped the contractor from working for over a year in January 2017, wasting the country’s resources.
“On 7th January 2017, they asked him to stop work, and they kept him waiting for 18 months, and they come back and cut the same sod, same contractor, same money, same site and you ask the contractor to build and finish in two years. That project would have been completed by next year, what a waste of national resources,” Mr. Mahama said.