Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has chastised President Akufo-Addo for what he describes as neglecting the needs of the people of the Ashanti Region.
He dared the NPP government to show the region the infrastructural developments he embarked on the last four years apart from the “small scale toiltes” which are dotted in the region if the Akufo-Addo government really has major projects in the region as achievements.
Mr Mahama made this known in an interview with Kojo Marfo on Kumasi-based Abusua FM Wednesday morning.
“If he [Akufo-Addo] mentions that he has done so much for the region, he should allow us to see the infrastructural development,” Mahama charged as he said the NPP can only boast of toilets in the region.
“I have heard that the association of contractors building these toilet facilities had not even been paid. Over 539 of them are complaining,” he added.
The former president also established that the NDC is unmatched as far as the construction of infrastructural projects in the Ashanti region is concerned.
“If I decide to begin outlining what I have done in the region, the time for this show will not be enough. Residents of the Ashanti region will show you tangible projects that the NDC has done for the region. Kejetia alone will make a big statement because I intentionally sought the funding to stimulate the business of the Ashanti region which serves traders even as far as Burkina Faso,” he said.
Mr Mahama also said the Afari Military hospital project was 70% complete when he was in power but has been abandoned.
“The contractors had lights to work day and night. Now it has come to a standstill. I did Kumasi Airport phase one to allow for flights to land in Kumasi even at night. I secured funds for the second phase. When I cut sod, the contractors were on sight. The excavators had already dug the foundations. This government only delayed the project. It’s the same funding and same contractor they are using now,” he emphasized.
Mr Mahama also said his government expanded the water treatement capacity at the Barekese water treatment plant by 6 millions gallons per day.
“But when this government came, the work that we left that needs to be done has been abandoned that is why most people in Suame do not have their taps flowing regularly,” Mr Mahama bemoaned.