Hon Edward Kaale-Ewola Dery, Member of Parliament (MP) for Lambussie has mocked that Ghana’s septuagenarian President, Nana Akufo Addo,and his administration has worsened the country pitiable economic condition and socio-political woes.
The Minority MP who spoke to THE REPUBLIC on detailed analysis of how corruption and insecurity have destroyed the nation’s economic potentials among the comity of nations, under the New Patriotic Party (NPP), stated that something should be done to rescue the nation from total collapse.
Corruption, he said, is eating deep into the fabric of Ghanaian society under the current NPP government and the President consciously defied every opportunity at eradicating the canker.
The Akufo Addo’s administration came to power pledging to eradicate corruption, but most of his close aides are tied to corruption and corrupt acts.
Now it is clear, that President Akufo Addo, is turning a blind eye.
Mr Dery, who is the Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament stated that, the level of criminal activities spurred by corruption in the country is on a geometrical ascendance and expressed the conviction that by 2020, members of NPP would be shy to campaign on corruption issues.
“Corruption under this government is getting worse. There is no week if not days passed without reports of corrupt act by this government. It is neck deep. I am sure by 2020, President Akufo Addo and NPP will feel shy to talk of corruption nor to campaign on fighting corruption,” he chided.
The Lambussie lawmaker said, it is embarrassingly painful to be told that your country is now the third most corrupt or worse corrupt on Africa continent.
“It is very difficult to find any public institution in Ghana today under Akufo Addo led NPP government that is exempted from this corrupt allegation,” he added.
Mr Dery further argued that, nepotism had sustained a culture of mediocrity, gross incompetence and inefficiency in public offices.
He wondered what the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, is doing as more high profile appointees of Akufo Addo’s administration are embroiled in corruption allegations.
Politically, nothing makes Ghanaians more furious with their leaders than corruption. President Akufo Addo’s critics accuse him of encouraging a cult of corrupt aides while he hides in a cocoon of not being in the know.
Since 2017, affter the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government handed over political power, corruption has remained so familiar in the country under Akufo Addo’s presidency.
The debacle at the Presidency between popular Musician A-Plus and two Deputies Chief of Staff, Sammy Abu Jinapor, Asenso Boakye and the subsequent belittling of the intelligence and sensibility of Ghanaians that A-plus has apologised.
Another gross looting and wanton corrupt practice is the BOST contaminated fuel scandals, the Cash for Seat saga, the KeinilGVG GHS178 million, DVLA first Aid, MASLOC Cars, among others are daylight robbery that was swept under the carpet.
What is troubling with President Akufo Addo anti-corruption charade is that preventing this new scourge would be very hard with the highly placed corrupt conspirators around him running the show.
Further, Mr Dery raised doubts if the NPP really came to power to improve living condition of Ghanaains. The government, he said has done virtually nothing tangible to show to Ghanaians within the 16 months in office, saying, ” when you ask me the performance of the government in 16 months in office, I will say nothing, because nothing has taken place in our communities, especially at the local areas where development is most needed.”
He continued, “during parliament recess , I visited my constituency and nothing has taken place. All the projects where we (NDC) has left are still on the same level and you wondered what they (NPP) are using the money for.?”
He said , it is apparent Akufo Addo’s government is unwilling to undertake a serious developmental projects in the country, most especially where development is yet to reach to the people.
Mr Dery cited several road projects in the constituency where work has been suspended for over a year now and residents have to struggle before accessing to their farms and market centres.
He said, though some of the roads have been reshaped, the major roads needed upgrading and called on the Minister for Roads and Highways to expedite action on road projects for contractors to return to sites.
On the issue of power and water supply in the constituency, the MP said, a lot has been done during the NDC administration, but more are expected and that about nine communities in the constituency are still not connected to the national grid.
He noted that through his personal effort as the people representative in parliament, about seven boreholes have been drilled whilst plans far advanced to add more to ensure easy access to drinking water in the constituency.
With Health and Education, Mr Dery said, three Kindergarten and two primary schools block are being constructed as part of effort to improve quality education. He noted that even though some students are benefiting the free senior high school policies, many of them from far faces accommodation challenges.
The constituency with over 112 villages, he noted have few health facilities including the Hamile and the Piina , which he said needed upgrading to Polyclinic status as healthcare delivery remained a great concern in the constituency.
The NDC MP blasted the government for engaging in lips services for close to two years in office without any beneficial projects to alleviate the plights Ghanaians, especially the rural folks.
He therefore called on Ghanaians to keep their voters ID Cards saved so they could express their anger on the NPP government by voting to return NDC in 2020 to continue the good work.
Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba