The New Patriotic Party, after studying the highlights of the ruling party’s manifesto, has accused the President of the Republic of being empty on ideas to develop Ghana.
Instead, the President “steals ideas from his political opponents only to be found wanting when it comes to implementing them,” the party said in a statement.
The NPP has further said President Mahama and his National Democratic Congress have no intention to deliver on their manifesto promises if Ghanaians make the mistake of re-electing them for 12 straight years this December.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, 14 September, the Communications Director of the party, Nana Akomea, said the NDC “steal our policies and cannot implement them. They even steal the title of our manifesto. So they have no deep attachment to the principles necessary to drive the promises they give. To them politics is all about ways and means. Nothing to do with actually making lives better.”
According to Nana Akomea, President Mahama, in putting together his 2016 manifesto, chose to either steal ideas from the NPP or simply repeat promises first given in NDC’s 2008 and 2012 manifestos, which he failed to implement when he had the mandate to do just that.
Nana Akomea mentioned some few examples in what the NPP described as its initial comments on the NDC manifesto.
Below is how the NPP summed up the party’s concerns about the president’s “serious trust deficit”:
• For example, Nana Akufo-Addo is promising to trigger the constitutional process to create new regions when elected in 2016
• President Mahama now says he is also planning to trigger a similar process to create new regions.
• Nana Akufo-Addo promises to have District/Municipal Chief Executives elected.
• President Mahama also promises to elect DCEs. This is after the NDC in 2011 issued a white paper against the recommendation of the Constitution Review Commission to have DCEs/MCEs elected if re-elected this December.
• NPP promises to create new geographical development authorities to oversee the deliberate development of every inhabited corner of the country.
• President Mahama yesterday gave the same promise.
• In March 2016, Akufo-Addo announced to the Chiefs and people of Suma Ahenkro, in Jaman North, Brong-Ahafo Region, that as part of his plans to transform cashew farming into a major cash crop and export earner for Ghana, he will establish a Cashew Marketing Board to regulate the industry and provide ready-market just as it is done for cocoa.
• Last night, President Mahama stole from Akufo-Addo yet again, saying, “We will establish a cashew board with its headquarters in the Brong Ahafo Region.”
• NPP was implementing ‘One Child One Lap Top’ by 2008, a policy spearheaded by the late Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, President Kufuor’s Finance Minister.
• President Mahama is today promising to also give away one tablet one child after the NDC killed that scheme in 2009, only to make it seem like a new idea and a new promise today.
• The NPP had a Deputy Minister of Education in Charge of Technical Education – Kwame Ampofo Twumasi was Deputy Minister of Education, Youth & Sports in charge of Technical Education in 2008.
• The NDC elected to abandon it in 2009, only for President Mahama to re-introduce it now as a new idea he wishes to implement if re-elected.
• NPP promises to implement in 2017 the National ID cards which President Mahama has totally abandoned since he took office.
• President Mahama, after listening to Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia last Thursday, now promises to do the same if re-elected.
• If re-elected, the President has repeated his 2008 promise given at the kNUST Energy Forum that an NDC government will provide “energy security” in Ghana before 2012. Yesterday he repeated, “we will have off-takers for excess electricity” produced here in Ghana. He again made this promise in 2012 that Ghana would be exporting power if elected, only to hit Ghana with the longest power crisis on record.
• After watching many potential investors in our petroleum industry leave the country, President Mahama says he wants Ghana to become “the petroleum hub of West Africa.
• In its 2012 Manifesto, the NPP promised to make the Western Region “the hub of the oil & gas industry” in West Africa. Earlier, on several platforms, including a speech delivered in Houston, Texas, in February 2012, Nana Akufo-Addo said, the NPP was, looking at how Houston had successfully managed their petroleum industry through “the diversification and industrialisation of a state that used to be dependent on cotton. It is this model of the integrated petrochemical industry that we seek to build in Ghana, servicing the entire oil-rich West African.”
• President Mahama says it is his intention that “Ghana will have the best road network in West Africa by 2021”. Now, we all know what the President means when he describes a road as best, don’t we? Just last June he described the Dodo-Pepesu-Nkwanta Road he was commissioning in these terms: “… If you take a look at the quality of the road, you can only admire the good work done. I don’t think that there is any other road in Ghana that is more pleasant to the eye than this one… I also want to take the opportunity to thank Messrs Oumaru Kanazoe Construction Limited of Burkina Faso for the very high quality of work they have dine on this stretch of road. As I have said, this is one of the best quality roads in Ghana today, and I will urge the Minister of Roads & Highways to bring other contractors to come and see so that they can emulate it in other parts of the country”
• In the same month, just two weeks after the road was commissioned, the Nkwanta South DCE, Alfred Kofi Wukanye, took the media on a tour to see for themselves the potholes that had developed on the 26 million Euro road done by the man who confessed to bribing the President with an American car
• In the words of one commentator, I K Gyasi, the President “poured fulsome and unstinted praise on the contractors, Messrs Umarou Kanazoe Constructuon Limited of Burkina Faso, and his bosom friend, Mr Jibril Kanazoe, the owner of the company, the same person who, out of eternal gratitude for [winning contracts in Ghana], returned favours by buying a 2010 Ford Expedition vehicle for President Mahama”
• The President says if Ghanaians make the mistake to re-elect him in 83 days’ time, it will mark “the beginning of new glory days of the railway sector.” Thankfully, he has given us a taste of what would happen to the billions of dollars of railway cash if Ghanaians make the mistake to give him another term. The GHS3.5 million money that was fraudulently used for that corrupt bus-branding deal, was cash meant for the railway sector
• He says he will “expand the investment under SADA to construct more irrigation facilities.” Recalling how some $200 million of SADA money flew away illegally to irrigate corrupt private pockets, what the President actually means to say is that he will give away more money through corruption in the false name of the people in the North. If he has failed to prosecute one single person for the hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from the people of the North through SADA then why would throwing more money at it deter any corrupt person from doing the same thing?
• The President says the IMF programme he forced Ghana through “will be the last.” We must remind him that NPP successfully weaned Ghana off the IMF in 2007 and
• He says he is laying the same foundation he told Ghanaians he had laid in 2012. What stops him from promising another foundation in 2020 just to be consistent? “The 2016 NDC Manifesto is also noted for repeating failed promises. The NDC in 2008 promised to create full employment. Instead, what they did was to build a strong foundation for creating massive unemployment. NYEP left NDC 110,000 employed. Today, its replacement after the scandalously corrupt GYEEDA, YES, admits now has less than 70,000 young people employed,” Nana Akomea said.