…As Akufo–Addo confirms no money in government purse
Former Municipal Chief Executive Officer for Ejisu –Juaben, Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, has cast serious doubts on the implementation of the NPP’s ‘One District, One Factory’ flagship programme.
He is of the strong opinion that the current Akufo-Addo-led government lacks the needed funds to undertake such an initiative across the country.
Speaking on an Accra-based radio station, Neat Fm, yesterday n the leading NDC member also accused the current administration of backtracking on some of the promises they made to Ghanaians during their time in opposition.
“The NPP always makes noise without knowing what is in the public purse. This is a government that does not cut its coat according to its size and it’s all about promises upon promises that we do this and that, One District One Factory, etc,”
The “One District One Factory” programme is an industrialization programme promised by the NPP during the 2016 electioneering campaign. It is aimed at building a factory in each of the 216 districts in the country.
The programme, which will be implemented with the private sector, will also provide business support services and capacity building, mentoring and coaching.
It would also provide networking opportunities, assistance with financial planning and financial management, regulatory and legal compliance, links to strategic partners for market and community access.
Mr. Yamoah Ponko’s concern over the NPP government’s inability to fulfill one of its biggest campaign promises to Ghana was recently confirmed by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during an interaction with the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in the wake of protests and threats of strikes from a number of labour unions that there are no funds in the government.
“There are some things that should be easy to deal with but will prove difficult for some time to come largely because there is no money. But now arrangements are being put place that will enhance the generation by the state,” the President explained.
He also condemned the President’s move to get the municipal chief executives elected, saying such a move does not augur well, especially the respective candidates nominated for that position, since it puts a lot of financial constraints on the President’s nominee in efforts to get a majority votes from assembly members.
Mr. Yamoah Ponkoh described the situation where money is demanded from an MCE-nominee before voting by assembly members as the rule of “monecracy.”
“Even after collecting my money, they (the assembly members) voted against me… I took a loan to pay these members but they rejected me. I spent over ¢3 billion (GH¢300,000) and I’m still paying,” he said.