Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has refuted claims by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the Akufo-Addo-led administration does not give former President John Mahama credit for projects commenced during his tenure in office.
“Take for example the Pokuase Interchange, he [Vice President Dr, Mahamudu Bawumia] mentioned that it was contracted by the previous administration as a three-tier interchange but this administration without adding a dollar more renegotiated it into a four-tier interchange.
“So I think he has been quite clear in giving credit where credit is due; showing the project we have completed and not abandoned and the new project we have done”.
His comment follows allegations by the NDC and its National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi that the government is seeking to substitute its policy promises with projects initiated by private entities and the Mahama-led administration.
Among other things, Sammy Gyamfi had also accused the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of plagiarizing projects of the Mahama administration in his infrastructure town hall meeting held in Accra on Tuesday, 18 August 2020,
This was after Dr. Bawumia’s assertion that no government in the history of Ghana’s fourth republic has initiated more infrastructural projects than the Akufo-Addo government, and described the record as “second to none, with verifiable data to back up the claim”.
But addressing these concerns in an interview with JoyNews’ Latif Iddrisu, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah described the allegations by the opposition party as mere propaganda.
He argued that it is absurd for former appointees of the erstwhile Mahama led administration and party executives to cry foul over projects completed by this current administration and who deserves credit for them.
“I am sure anyone who listened to the Vice President heard him clearly talk about projects which were inherited and completed and then new projects.
“For our colleagues, you notice that sometimes they say we have abandoned their project but when you account for it and say these are projects we inherited and have completed they say you are not giving them enough credit.
“But we have mentioned all of them and beyond those ones there are 17,000 more projects across the country and the database has been provided,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said.