Former President John Dramani Mahama has said the Akufo-Addo government has borrowed “so much money and yet has nothing to show for it”.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Sogakpe in the South Tongu constituency, as part of his four-day tour of the Volta Region, the flag bearer of the biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), expressed concern that the government has “very little” to show for all the loans it has taken.
He explained that between 2013 and 2016, his administration borrowed a little more than GHS54 billion and the record is there for all to see far as roads, schools, healthcare infrastructure, electricity, water, harbours and airports, among others, are concerned.
“In four years, the Akufo-Addo government has borrowed more than GHS140 billion”, he said.
“So, the simple question Ghanaians should ask is: what have you done with the money?”
“Where are the schools, the roads, electricity, water, the hospitals, and harbours?”, Mr Mahama asked.
The former President noted that, “nobody progresses a nation by consuming”, adding: “You progress a nation by investing in capital development and productivity and that is the vison I have”.
Mr Mahama said through his $10-bn BIG PUSH agenda, a future NDC government, should he win the December polls, will ensure “massive investment” in infrastructure development across sectors of the economy.
Mr Mahama also re-stated his commitment to complete abandoned projects including roads, schools and hospitals.
He also said the new NDC government will work hard to complete the remainder of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools to eliminate the double-track system in secondary education so that students can be in school at the same time and have extended contact periods with their teachers.
“Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will also be improved and made free so that young people can graduate into the job market with employable skills”, he said.
For his part, the Paramount Chief of the Fievie Traditional area, Tobgui Agama Amatah, urged politicians who demonise and attack certain ethnic groups to end their divisive politics.