Former Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Isaac Adjei Mensah, has said the 2020 budget presented to parliament lacks a solution to the road network problems facing the country.
According to him, the much-taunted claims by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, that 2020 is a year of roads is mere political propaganda.
Mr Adjei Mensah who is the Member of Parliament for Wassa East was reacting to the 2020 budget presented to parliament by the Finance Minister last week Wednesday, November 13, in Accra.
He told THE REPUBLIC, the budget failed to account for the previous year’s roads that the Akufo Addo government budgeted for in it’s 2017, 2018 and the 2019 fiscal year.
” I think the budget is disappointing, nothing new. It is a repetition of all what they budgeted for in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ghanaians have not seen those roads.”
“So this budget to me has nothing serious which point to the fact that Ghanaians would see massive rollout roads projects. Nothing in this budget for 2020 shows the roads that have been repeated severally on all budgets will this time round be executed, ” the former Deputy Minister said.
He challenged the government explain to Ghanaians what it uses the previous funds for and what is guaranteed that in 2020, Ghanaians would see those projects fulfilled.
Mr Adjei Mensah who is a Deputy Ranking on Lands and Forestry Committee of parliament noted that, if the Akufo Addo government was serious and mindful of the impact of roads on our economy, it would not have suspended the cocoa roads projects initiated by the previous government of National Democratic Congress(NDC).
He said roads formed part of our economic development and that suspending ongoing road projects and re-award same after three years has rather worsen the situation, stating, ” the road project you suspended and re-awarded after three years, will not be in the same condition to continue.”
The Wassa East lawmaker said the widespread demonstration and demands for roads is not that the previous government did not construct roads, but rather those that then government was constructing have been abandoned and they are now in terrible condition.
He debunked the propaganda by the government and it’s appointees that the John Mahama government claimed to have tackled all roads and captured the same in its Green Book.
Rather, he said the road projects captured in the NDC Green Book, were those completed and those that works were ongoing and that when the Akufo Addo government took over, it suspended and abrogated almost all those contracts, adding that, that resulted in some been in poor state and causing residents to demonstrate for them to be fix.
Again, Mr Adjei Mensah said the Road Fund that the NDC left, could help fix most of the road infrastructure challenges but the Akufo Addo government squandered everything to compensation due to the ballooning side of government and the appetite to waste funds on unproductive projects like the failed One-District-One-Factory.
He, however, challenged the government to come clean on how the road fund has been spent and on what project and as well assure Ghanaians they would have their roads fixed, among other developmental projects.
The lawmaker said, going into 2020 it could not business as usual and that Ghanaians expect to see their roads fixed and industries working to create jobs.
The Finance Minister who presented the budget, described it as, consolidating the gains and jobs.
But Mr Adjei Mensah said he can’t see any economic boost and growth as promised by the NPP government.
He said Ghanaians are worse of under the current government and the only way to rescue the situation to kick the Akufo Addo and his appointees out of power in 2020.
Source: therepublionline.com/Felix Nyaaba