– Mahama Camp Tells Prodigal Akufo Addo
…as it lists Legacies Flag Staff House Inherited
As former President Mahama’s recent cameo in Cape-Coast besets the NPP government with a panic attack, forcing President Akufo-Addo to embark on a tour of the Greater Accra region, sucker punches have also began flying.
The Mahama camp seems to be warming up to start a build up to a coup de grace for the already unpopular government whose credibility is hanging by the thread as it proves to be totally underwhelming in office.
Consequently, a dismantlement of President Akufo-Addo’s fantastic lie that the Mahama government bequeathed nothing to him has began with the Mahama camp floating a belated response that proves that rather than an “unlucky son” that he claims to be, Akufo-Addo is a wasteful prodigal son.
Among others, it has been pointed out to Nana that an unlucky son who inherited nothing from his father would not have the luxury to allocate a whopping Ghc1.5billion to the Presidency alone for just one year.
It is unheard of anywhere that an unlucky orphan has the luxury to dole out Ghc15million to purchase an app that already exists for free, Nana is told.
In the same response, it is pointed out trhat the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant is a hand down from the Mahama government. Atuabo saves Ghana $500million every year.
The project which has contributed to the stabilization of power production leading to the end of debilitating power crisis that used to be perennial, has also helped stabilized the cedi, President Akufo-Addo is told.
Other crucial hand downs from President John Mahama to President Akufo-Addo in the area of energy are the AMERI and Karpower power plants which have led to a complete stabilization of energy production, ending the power crises that had come to be known as dum sor.
It would be recalled that President Mahama who had inherited dum sor from successive governments from the days of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, had borne the brunt of the blame and anger of Ghanaians over dum sor. But rather than being frustrated, President Mahama had promised to end dum sor once and for all.
True to his promise, he did just that. Cornerstone to President Mahama’s solution to dum sor were the acquisitions of the Karpower and AMERI power plants, with the AMERI one which had been acquired as an emergency measure, set to revert to Ghana after five years.
However, even though President Mahama’s acquisition of AMERI and karpower plants have proved to be masterstroke, ending dum sor as he had promised, President Akufo-Addo has since been tinkering with the deal with AMERI and threatening to abrogate it.
The NPP government has claimed that the plant which was pre financed by AMERI and set to return to Ghana after five years is too expensive to Ghana even though it now forms part of the backbone of Ghana’s power stability. It has, however long been exposed in the media that the real reason Akufo-Addo is tinkering with the AMERI deal is that some members of the President’s family want to renegotiate it and cream off gain.
Interestingly, it is this same Akufo-Addo, whose Presidency has enjoyed absolute peace in the absence of dum sor due to President Mahama’s masterstrokes with AMERI and Karpower, that went to lament at Jambusi in the Upper West region that his government had inherited nothing from President Mahama’s government.
“The truth of the matter is that I am not a lucky son, I did not inherit a rich father. The inheritance I got from my predecessor was about an empty treasury so I happen to work my way from the bottom up.
“But I know that with your support, I will find the money and we will do these things that need to be done,” President Akufo-Addo had claimed at Jambusi during a commissioning of a pipe there.
While he was making that claim in October, he had earlier in March allocated an unprecedented Ghc1.5billion to the Presidency and committed to pay a whopping Ghc15million to a friend’s company which had been shadily contracted to provide the Ghana Post GPS digital Addressing App which runs on Google map for free.
“Mahama left you Ridge Hospital, University of Ghana Teaching Hospital, Maritime Hospital, 37 Military Hospital in the Ashanti Region and several district Hospitals. You are incapable of knowing the value of these hospitals, that is why you think you haven’t been left anything,” a line in the response listed in testimony to former President Mahama’s hand downs in the area of Health.
In the area of interchanges, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Kasoa Interchanges, along with Senkyi Bridge were listed as physical examples.
Then the storied 200 Community Day Schools, 123 of which had reached various stages of completion before President Mahama left office were referenced to testify to Akufo-Addo’s predecessors shining hallmark in education.
Interestingly, the whole UP tradition, of which the NPP is latter day offshoot has never built a single Secondary School before and this was pointed out to President Akufo-Addo in the write up. The same write up also reminded that President Mahama had built two Universities and secured funding a third one – a thing that the whole UP Tradition has not even come close to achieving.
Effectively therefore, the President’s claim that he had inherited nothing from former President Mahama was proven to be nothing but a lie from a whiner.
In the same area of Education, the predecessor NDC government’s ending of the shift system in the Greater Accra Region was touted for the benefit of President Akufo-Addo.
“Mahama left you an expanded gas infrastructure. He won the maritime dispute and left you space to concentrate on your work. Mahama left you Tema Habour and Takoradi Harbor which have been expanded to thrice their former capacity. He started building a new harbour at Atuabo. You are incompetent.
“Mahama left you Ghana with 79% treated water coverage. This is why you do not see people carrying Kufour gallons about looking for water. Learn to be thankful,” parts of the response read.
Even the Ekumfi Pineapple Factory which President Akufo-Addo has re-launched as launch-pad for his grandiloquent One District, One Factory’ policy had been first launched by President Mahama in 2013, President Akufo-Addo was told.
As the NPP President incompetently sits and watches the same Ekumfi Pineapple Factory to be overtaken with weeds after the fanfare re-launch, it was pointed out to President Akufo-Addo that President Mahama had atleast completed two additional factories before leaving office.
The Kumasi Shoe Factory and Takoradi Sugar Factory are operational and productive.
Then, the Mahama camp, which issued the response gave a pointer to President Akufo-Addo about the kind of legacy that he is busily sowing for his predecessor as he whines like an ungrateful prodigal son.
“Mahama left you a peaceful Ghana. But you have rendered the police and the army useless. And there is a sense of insecurity in Ghana. Your goons; invisible forces and delta forces have been going about terrorising individuals and state institutions. This is the legacy you want to live for the next president. People would have to pay bribe of $20, 000 before they are allowed to see you, your 11 months old government is more corrupt than any other government that has ever existed in Ghana.”
It is not clear who floated the response but it has since become indication that the Mahama camp is on cue to ruthless in the campaign to retake the Flagstaff House in 2020.
The indication is that President Akufo-Addo, and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, whose credibility has been totally poisoned by himself are not going to have the last word – the Mahama camp has only been quiet to enable the NPP government hang itself with the long rope it has been given.
Meanwhile, hardships in the system has seen many Ghanaians pooh-poohing the NPP government’s rehash of stale promises that it had made during the 2016 election campaigns.
Contrary to promises by the NPP that it would reduce fuel prices, fuel prices have rather doubled. Electricity tariffs have not been reviewed but somehow, electricity has become extra expensive leaving many in the belief that tariffs have been secretly adjusted upwards.