The spate of embarrassing contradistinctions on national issues by actors of the Akufo-Addo regime has hit another twist, with the President’s Housing Minister disaffirming his boss’ stated position on foreign aid.
While President Akufo-Addo has taken a stance to make Ghana Africa’s vanguard on self-reliance, denouncing dependency on donor support as shameful, Samuel Atta Akyea, the Minister for Works and Housing, is preaching continuous attachment to the apron strings of foreign donors.
Over the weekend, the minister was in Blekusu, a coastal town in the Volta Region, to assess damage that tidal waves had caused to communities there and he used the opportunity to beg for donor support towards forestalling future occurrence of the tragedy.
“It is very expensive to manage the coast of any nation. For you to protect about 2 kilometers of the coast to prevent the ferocious powers of the sea from hitting the land and destroying property is not cheap. Our national kitty is not in good shape to do that kind of job,” the minister lamented calling on foreign donors to come to the aid of Ghana.
Shockingly, it is said that the amount that is needed to put up the sea defense wall that Atta Akyea was lamenting over was $40million. Apparently, the predecessor National Democratic Congress government had started the construction of the sea defense wall there but along the line the project had stalled.
For just $40million, Ghana’s Works and Housing Minister is publicly wailing and begging for donor support.
The minister’s position disaffirms a stance that his boss, the President, has long taken on the issue of donor support, which he deems to be shameful to Ghana and the rest of Africa.
In fact, in March, this year, President Akufo-Addo had arrogated for himself, the duties of Africa’s unsolicited vanguard against reliance on donor support by African countries.
In a presidential debate with President Macky Sall of Senegal, which was held as part of the 5th edition of the Africa CEOs Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, President Akufo-Addo denounced reliance on donor support as embarrassing to Africa, calling for things to change.
“Even more important is for us to position our nations’ economies on path of self-sustaining growth,” he had said.
And the President has since sought to prove that his position on donor aid is not only fanciful rhetoric, as he has gone ahead to burden Ghanaians with a tax to help ensure that the African Union breaks out of being beggarly and tied to the aprons of foreign donors.
“Indeed, Cabinet just approved a 0.02% deductions in all imports outside AU as a fund to support the activities of AU, so that AU will not go begging other countries for its citizens,” President Akufo-Addo had said this, in a speech, read on his behalf, at the closing ceremony of an orientation workshop for new envoys.
The interesting contradiction is; while the President sees international donor support as beggarly and shameful, and is preaching for all other African countries to wean themselves off it, his Minister for Works and Housing is directly calling for same ‘shameful’ help.
And, shockingly, over a paltry $40million that is required to fix a sea defense wall.
However, this contradiction between President Akufo-Addo and his Works and Housing Minister is just a small part of a spate of embarrassing gainsaying that has become the lot of a government which called its predecessor incompetent.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, not too long ago, caused public consternation when it emerged that information about a $2.25billion bond issuance was not available to the Attorney General.
Weeks after the Attorney General had revealed that, as chief legal advisor to the government, she was ignorant of the bond issuance, the Attorney Generals’ Department still maintained its unawareness when a private citizen wrote to her seeking information on the bond.
Almost two months down the line, the AG still has no information on the bond sale, but her Deputy, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has strangely been able to respond to a query that the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) had filed to the Finance Minister on the issue.
The resultant awkward situation is that as the AG remains ignorant of the bond issuance, her Deputy is the mouthpiece of the bond issuer.
The same AG, was a few weeks ago the object of scorn when she claimed that a decision by the Ashanti Regional Chief State Prosecutor to discontinue a high profile case, was not known to her.
Again, on the issue of illegal mining, the Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has been publicly contradictory with his own Deputy, Maj (Rtd) Derrick Oduro, with the Defense Minister saying that the Military High Command has deployed soldiers to protect illegal miners, while the Deputy has denounced that claim as a lie.
The original impugn of the Military’s complicity in illegal mining was made by Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who has since been corroborated by suspended District Chief Executive of Upper Denkyira West, Daniel Appianing.
Mr. Appianing claimed, in the wake of the lynching of a soldier, Maj. Maxwell Mahama, that the victim had been murdered because he was defending illegal miners in the district.
The police have since repudiated the claims of the DCE and the Lands Minister.
This same Akufo-Addo regime was, earlier in the year, caught flat- footed in a scandal involving the Addison Committee which had been formed to investigate Ghana’s power deal with AMERI Power, a power company.
Soon after the committee had traveled to Dubai to investigate the deal, it emerged that the journey to Dubai by members of the committee and their hosting there had been sponsored by AMERI – the very company that they were supposed to go and investigate.
Five months into the administration of the NPP government under Akufo-Addo, there has been a punctuation of unbelievable incompetence and cluelessness with public contradictions on issues as the order of the day.
The whole ‘concert party’ had started with the President plagiarizing at least three American presidents in his inaugural address at his investiture on January 7, this year.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels