Gabby Otchere Darko, a number one member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said the currently Akufo-Addo administration has done better in protecting the general public purse than what the NDC and John Mahama administration did.
Mr. It here Darko said, it bothers him how the New Patriotic Party can allow the National Democratic Congress to attack it on corruption.
He said this after John Dramani Mahama had said during his thank-you tour that the NPP wants to interrupt the eighth to guard itself from corruption.
According to John Mahama, “the NPP has been in government for the past five years and must subside for the new government to return and hold them accountable.
Mahama speaking in an interview on Radio Tamale as a part of his thank-you tour said people are happy to run away with the loot that they need made.
Mr. Otchere Darko who is additionally a former executive of the Danquah Institute said “John Manama was pretty good at awarding contracts he had no clue the way to buy them! This Government has been good at settling the billions behind it inherited and still manages to travel about the business of implementing its flagship programs.
“This Government has managed to scale back the share of contracts that are either sole-sourced or done by restrictive tender and, by that, saving many millions per annum through the PPA by reducing the prices of such contracts to the taxpayer. NDC, under Mahama, made ZERO savings in such situations. this is often a fact.
“It bothers me how NPP can allow the NDC to attack it on corruption when the NPP does more for the people with taxpayers’ money than the NDC did under Mahama. Corruption is such a simple cane with which to whip a government whether it’s supported by facts or propaganda.
“Corruption effectively means resources meant for public expenditures are going into private pockets. Surely if a government is doing quite any previous one in spending public funds on the people and their communities and also getting more reciprocally than the previous government, then why should that ruling party allow that opponent to confidently feel that corruption is quite the ruling party’s Achilles heel?”
I read John Mahama saying on his belated “thank you tour” that NPP wants to interrupt the 8 to guard itself from corruption. the straightforward response thereto must be that the NPP wants to interrupt the 8 to guard Ghana and therefore the gains being made for Ghanaians from the likes of “Mahama the Disaster”.
The evidence remains fresh in our minds why John Mahama was a disaster and that i shudder to think how he would have handled the COVID-19 crisis and its disastrous impact on the economy today.
Our problems are, of course, many and varied. Our struggle is historic, deep, real, and naked. So, it’s easy to be convinced by an acerbic and sweet tongue which will hit hard and promise paradise. But, we must be guided by what such a tongue does with its mind, heart, and hands when given the chance .
My simple response to John Mahama on why NPP must break the 8 is because it’s clear to Ghanaians that the NDC doesn’t seem to ascertain any alternative to present to Ghanaians in 2024 but him, John Mahama, and it’s obvious from what he did to what he inherited from his boss, President John Atta Mills, that he would destroy what NPP was fixing if returned in future.
Mahama destroyed what he inherited from Mills in July 2012 and handed over the running of Ghana’s oil-rich economy to the IMF when there was no crisis. Simply put, he was the crisis! He home-grew a crisis and outsourced the answer .
That is the record of “Mahama the Disaster”. It should be quite clear to Ghanaian voters that in 2024, the National Democratic Congress intends to bring back John Dramani Mahama. Yes. it’s what it’s . Why else is he embarking on a “thank you tour” nearly a year after being rejected for the second comprehensive time by Ghanaians? Unless, of course, his mission is to thank Ghanaians for rejecting him.
So it appears that the selection for 2024 is between the NPP and John Mahama’s NDC. We are but a year in Akufo-Addo’s second and final term.
I am confident that when subsequent leadership dye is cast, the NPP will go knocking on doors to interrupt the eighth confidently that they need delivered largely on the mandate given and there’s the necessity to guard and repose on what has been delivered they need to be maintained (under a replacement leader) who are often trusted to guard the gains made and add onto that his or her new ideas, style, competence, vision and leadership to require Ghana up to subsequent level.
The record shows that NPP builds for NDC to destroy. You don’t got to look further than to match 2008 to 2016, and 2016 to now. i will be able to say this with all the evidence available and can dare any analyst to challenge and, please, do so with facts and not propaganda. Since the primary Republic, no government has done more to place or keep money in people’s pockets than the NPP.
If unsure over how and where your money is being spent look no further beyond the evidence around you. Things aren’t where we all want them to be, but, I dare say altogether modesty that even with all the social and economic struggles that the country and therefore the people are battling under this pandemic, this Government has performed a minimum of creditably better than John Mahama’s record shows he would are ready to manage.
And, I say this with all humility. Bills left by the NDC, including GHS20 billion a year in interest rates and growing due to new commitments are being paid and being honored without fail, because the NDC prays without success for the NPP to run into the arms of the IMF! Free SHS, the foremost significant social intervention since NHIS, is being funded without fail and with taxpayers’ money.
That is cash being left within the pockets of oldsters . we’ve a robust and vibrant banking sector today because this Government spent GHS21 billion of taxpayers’ money to save lots of the financial sector and help solidify it to grow.
Two of the untold success stories of the previous couple of years are an interesting way and manner the CBG and therefore the GCB have both gone about the responsibility of building on the legacy crisis of the collapsed banks. CBG was created from scratch from the ashes of a number of those banks and therefore the success story should be now a serious course taught in business schools. Simply fascinating.
It took leadership of courage and foresight to form it all happen. Just imagine how Ghana would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic if our financial sector was left in its weakened and collapsing form before 2020.
The banks would have collapsed and there would are no money to guard depositors! we’ve tons to be grateful for and to thank ourselves for voting wisely. You voted for a government in 2016 and 2020 that has began more taxes than the other government in our history and it’s abolished more taxes than it’s itself imposed.
When in our history did that ever happen? this is often a fact. Until Akufo-Addo, when in our history did any government reduce electricity prices in both real and nominal terms? This Government has ensured that electricity prices are cheaper today than they were in 2016.
Protecting better the take advantage your pocket. this is often a fact. Water prices today are cheaper in real terms than they were in 2016. Another fact. this suggests that the Akufo-Addo Government has collected less in water and electricity revenues than the Mahama Govt within the nearly four and a half years that the latter was in power. it’s money in your pocket.
Comparatively, in terms of burdening consumers, this Government has collected less and done more in delivering and replacing decrepit infrastructure within the utility sector. This Government has never once did not pay wages and salaries.
Even when in 2020 more public sector workers had to remain home or work less due to Covid-19, none was sacked and every one got paid and fully . that’s where your money goes as a taxpayer. This Government has spent more on educating our youngsters (in terms of GDP share and real and nominal numbers) than the other government in our nation’s history.
This Government also feeds more school children, both boarders and day students, than Ghana had ever managed previously. it’s all funded together with your taxes. Still, on social interventions, this Government has spent extra money and reached more people with LEAP (Ghana’s version of welfare handouts) than the other government since President Kufuor introduced it.
It is taxpayers’ cash. As if sort of a Socialist Party , this NPP Government has even created NABCO which has given employment opportunities to some 100,000 children . that’s where your taxes go. On top of that, the GHS100 billion GhanaCares program is meant to place extra money into enterprises of children than any previous government managed to try to to . which will be through with your taxes to grow and expand the economy and make jobs.
This Government has employed more people within the public sector, including doctors, nurses, teachers, cops , immigration officers, soldiers personnel, etc, in four and a half years than John Mahama managed to accomplish.
It is a incontrovertible fact that Akufo-Addo has created more jobs than John Mahama did when the latter had no global coronavirus pandemic to affect , except the crisis he created through his incompetent and disastrous handling of public funds especially and therefore the economy generally . He even allowed a far off body to ban him from employing Ghanaians!
This Government within five years has built more roads than any previous government under an identical period. the sole other leader who also can beat his chest is President Kufuor. The NPP has fixed more roads than the other party. that’s where your taxes go. Whether on roads or flyovers, this Government has done more public thoroughfares together with your money than Mahama, who is now boldly talking about corruption, ever did.
This Government has given communities up and down the country value for his or her money, whether through the supply of roads, irrigation systems, water systems, school facilities, agric extension workers, ambulances, etc than John Mahama could ever dream possible.
This Government has facilitated the fixing , expansion, and rehabilitation of more factories than the other government since Independence, including the revered Kwame Nkrumah. this is often a fact supported by verifiable evidence. Again, no other government since Independence has invested more in rebuilding and expanding the railway sector than this Government. this is often a fact.
The evidence is there. No other government has invested more in e-infrastructure to digitize Ghana than the Akufo-Addo administration.
This is taxpayers’ money getting used to reinforce efficiency and also create more job opportunities for young Ghanaian entrepreneurs. Digitization is opening up the economy to a replacement , wide selection of job opportunities than ever before. The response of the NDC government under Mahama to the dumsor crisis was to travel on a spree to impose on taxpayers billions of dollars worth of contracted excess take-or-pay power purchase agreements.
Even as this Government perseveres to terminate some and renegotiate others, many many dollars (taxpayers’ money) are spent annually to buy power we don’t use by this Government. John Manama was pretty good at awarding contracts he had no clue the way to buy them!
This Government has been good at settling the billions behind it inherited and still manages to travel about the business of implementing its flagship programs. This Government has managed to scale back the share of contracts that are either sole-sourced or done by restrictive tender and, by that, saving many millions per annum through the PPA by reducing the prices of such contracts to the taxpayer. NDC, under Mahama, made ZERO savings in such situations.
This is a fact. It bothers me how NPP can allow the NDC to attack it on corruption when the NPP does more for the people with taxpayers’ money than the NDC did under Mahama. Corruption is such a simple cane with which to whip a government whether it’s supported by facts or propaganda.
Corruption effectively means resources meant for public expenditures are going into private pockets. Surely if a government is doing quite any previous one in spending public funds on the people and their communities and also getting more reciprocally than the previous government, then why should that ruling party allow that opponent to confidently feel that corruption is quite the ruling party’s Achilles heel? Last but by no means the smallest amount , Mahama built a neighborhood hospital for over $35 million.
Akufo-Addo is building 101 district hospitals for fewer than $17 million. As for civil society groups, their standard is understandably higher, then must it’s.