Former President John Mahama, has assured that when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) returns to power in 2025, he will stop the phenomenon of abandoning projects started by previous administrations.
“When I return to power in 2025 I will stop the phenomenon of abandoning projects started by previous administrations,” he said.
Former President Mahama accused the New Patriot Party (NPP) government of having a specialty in abandoning projects and insisted that none of the previous governments under the Fourth Republican Constitution had resorted to such tactics.
“It is only under this government, under the Akufo-Addo-led administration that we are seeing this and since former President Jerry Rawlings’ era did you hear former President Kufuor had abandoned any projects of the Rawlings era? All contractors continued working, those who finished did and others had their contracts terminated.
“When Kufuor left and Atta Mills came, did we hear anything like that? We did not, it is only this government and as a people we should put the blame where it matters most since it is happening now under this government.
“I have pledged not to abandon any projects when we come to power because when the plaudits come, they go to the one who started and the one who completed it,” former President Mahama postulated and cited the case of the Bui dam project, and pointed out that the Rawlings-led administration birthed its conception, Kufuor and Mills-led administrations secured funding and works began.
He underscored that it was for that reason he invited the then former President Kufuor to be part of the inauguration ceremony when he was President but the current government would rather abandon projects because credit would go to him and had opted to abandon lots of projects.
The former president mentioned hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructure abandoned which had led to roofs destroyed by rains and facilities rotting away and maintained that the funds were not his but citizens’ commonwealth.
His views were on the back of recent reports about E-block projects started under his government but left uncompleted five years on and a comment by Togbe Amenya Fiti V, the Paramount chiefof Aflao received a presidential response that was slammed as insensitive and defended by pro-government persons. –ghanaweb.com