National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Mio Constituency in the Northern Region, Hon Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, has urged President Nana Akufo Addo to work on solving Ghana’s problems and stop complaining.
The opposition party legislator also told Nana Akufo Addo to stop blaming the immediate past governments for his administration’s failures.
Hon Abdul-Aziz made the comments in reaction to issues raised by the President at the Media encounter on Wednesday this week in Accra.
President Akufo Addo at the encounter with the Media, used the precious time to blamed the present acute economic problems on the past NDC administration and global economic downturn.
He told Journalists that, his government have paid debts to contractors of GHC1.6 billion and is still paying some which are left by the John Mahama led NDC administration.
The President also claimed that his administration has saved about GHc 782 million from sole sourcing and restricted tendering processes by the Mahama regime within its first year in government.
President Akufo-Addo also alleged that, “the Public Procurement Authority in the year 2016 had “622 sole source requests. 577 of that number were approved and there were 25 rejections.”
“There were 592 requests made for restricted tenders, and 587 were approved and there were five rejections. A grand total of zero savings were made through the procurement process. But in 2017, 394 sole sourcing requests were made out of which 223 were approved and 171 were rejected. There were 346 requested for restricted tenders and 167 were approved and 179 were rejected,” he alleged.
But speaking to THE REPUBLIC in reaction to the President claims, Hon Abdul-Aziz urged President Akufo Addo to stop complaining about the nation’s treasury and perform the much touted magic they promised Ghanaians.
He also described as evasive, diversionary and preemptive, the government’s pile up of excuses for possible failure in delivering on its campaign promises to the citizenry.
The Mio lawmaker said it was unfortunate that President Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that were privy to the nation’s dwindling economy, even before the start of campaigns, chose to deceive Ghanaians with bogus promises, only to now resort to excuses after using the promises to secure power at the centre.
The MP who is a Member of Government Assurance Committee of parliament also expressed dismay about President Akufo Addo statement that Ghanaians should not expect much from his first year in office over claims that he met virtually an empty treasury and huge debts.
In the view of Hon Abdul-Aziz such statement merely underlined the present administration is not really equipped to face the challenges of governance, adding that, “the President appeared to be still in campaign mood.”
The media encounter, he understand to meant for the President to explain to the Ghanaian public through the press what he has done and doing to fix the problems of the country.
He argued that, the President blame game on the past administration was an admission of poor knowledge of national and international economic affairs or the lack of capacity and skills by the administration to effectively harness and galvanise resources and potentials inherent in Ghana.
“Let Mr. President and his party, the NPP, be reminded that we are no longer in campaign season. I listened to the President and he spoke like he is still on a campaign platform at Mantse-Agona It is time for him to work and stop promising us,The ‘Change’ is really with them (NPP) and their barrage of falsehood,” Hon Abdula-Aziz stated.
The NDC MP poopooh the government and said, President Akufo Addo was elected to further better the lots of Ghanaians, and not to dish out constant complaints on the situation which they mindlessly created not minding the attendant consequences of their actions on our collective destinies.
The young affable legislator further contended that, the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption was never a novelty because, the NDC has already got Parliament to approved the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) for implementation.
The NACAP he said, was expected to contextualize and mobilize efforts and resources to prevent and fight corruption through the promotion of high ethics and integrity as well as vigorous enforcement of applicable laws.
Mr Abdul-Aziz added that, NACAP aimed to institutionalise efficiency, accountability and transparency in the public, private and not -for profit sectors as well as conduct effective investigations and prosecution of corrupt conduct.
He expressed to the hope to see how enthusiasm that President Akufo Addo would take in the coming months to prosecute his own appointee whom have started looting even on his own desk at the FlagStaff House.
the nothing, the SP which the NPP government is taunting about could not touting.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba