The Volta Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is accusing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his three-day working visit to the Volta and Oti regions. According to the party, President Akufo-Addo has dressed in former president John Dramani Mahama’s cloth to date the people of Volta Region as he visits the region to commission the Naval Training Command at Agorta-Nutekpor and Ketu North Municipal Hospital.
In a press statement issued by the Regional Secretary Mr. James Gunu said, information reaching the National Democratic Congress in the Volta Region indicates that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the NPP are set to engage in another vain and wasteful jamboree to commission the Naval Recruits Training School (NRTS) facilities under the Ghana Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC), at Agora-Nutekpor, near Sogakope in the South Tongu District and the Ketu North Municipal Hospital at Weta as part of his one-day working visit to the region.
According to the NDC, this move by the desperate “King Sod Cutter” can best be likened to a man dressed in a borrowed cloth dating a beautiful lady.
“But for President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC, President Akufo-Addo has NO project of his own to the commission in the region. We felt vindicated by this fact that the volta region gets its fair share of development only when an NDC government is in power.” The statement reads.
“Although it has become commonplace to see President Akufo-Addo and the NPP shamelessly go round the country commissioning John Mahama/NDC projects without even a scintilla of recognition to the latter, this intended commissioning of a facility that has been in operation for years is an all-time low, even by the NPP government’s standards; and the fact that this has been timed to coincide with an impending election makes it the more laughable.”
Explaining further, the National Democratic Congress disclosed that, indeed the first batch of trainees to this facility were admitted into the Command on the 6th of August, 2016, and after 24 weeks of training, passed out on Friday the 24th of February, 2017, in a very colorful ceremony witnessed by a large retinue of observers including officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (Navy, Army and Airforce), Ghana Police, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration service, together with family and friends of the graduands.
“Mention can be readily made of Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro (rtd), a former Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), under whose tenure and by whose instrumentation, the Ghana Navy took a huge leap into realizing the long desired aspiration of having a separate training command. As a result, for a president and a government to even hatch this bizarre idea of commissioning such an ‘old’ facility in the twilight of its administration, can only go to depict the extent of misguided desperation that has enveloped them.”
“To give honour and dignity a further slap in the face, the President is also billed to commission the Ketu North Municipal Hospital at Weta.”
“We are sure the fact is not lost on Ghanaians that this facility is one of five projects initiated and undertaken by President Mahama in Somanya, Buipe, Tolon, Sawla Tuna Kalba and in Ketu North. Indeed President Mahama actually cut the sod for all these projects in Weta in Ketu North. This project thereafter saw a gradual materialization from sod-cutting to finish until today there is an ultra-modern facility at Weta.
“Much as we take due cognizance of the fact that government is a continuum and so successive governments can commission projects undertaken by previous ones, honesty and decency demand that same is done in a manner that gives a bit of credit to the executor of these projects. We believe in giving credit where credit is due. We think that successive governments have a moral duty to be fair and candid in how they appropriate credit for projects initiated and commenced or executed by their predecessors.”
The NDC said, It was in recognition of this moral duty that the previous NDC-Mills/Mahama administration invited former President John Agyekum Kufuor to the commissioning ceremony of the N1 George W. Bush Highway in February 2012.
In all of this, the NDC can only remind President Akufo Addo and the NPP government of the high level of discernment of the ordinary Ghanaian, and to remind them that dishonesty and dishonor will do them no good; at least not again. We would recommend to him that he does the needful and give credit where it is due.
“We expect nothing but candor on the part of President Akufo-Addo during this commissioning of Mahama/NDC projects. If he would not invite President Mahama to the event, unlike President Mills did, the least he can do is give credit where it is due and not arrogate unto himself unmerited credit like he and his government are noted for.” He explained.
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