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14.10.2008 NDC News

NDC Organiser:Kufuor must apologize to Ghanaians …for describing them as lazy

By David Alan Painstil Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Central Regional Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Patrick Aniagyei has called on President Kufuor to apologize to Ghanaians on his utterance that Ghanaians are lazy, before he leaves office.

Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview last Friday, Aniagyei said President Kufuor cannot deprive district assemblies and contractors of funds and turn round to say that those who are complaining of no money in their pockets were lazy.

He said most contractors have not been paid, citing contractors who executed Ghana @ 50 projects, which they pre-financed and have yet not been paid. He wondered how those contractors could employ labourers to engage them in work, as well as to be able to pay them.

Aniagyei, who was a former District chief executive for Kwabibirim District in the Eastern Region for six months, before NDC was booted out of power in 2000, said President Kufuor has deprived many district assemblies of funds, alleging that 48 district assemblies are looking for loans in various banks, including Fidelity Bank in Accra to offset their debts.

According to Aniagyei, the district assembly common fund of many district assemblies were in distress, as government deduct monies from it to pay for the Ford vehicles being used by the District chief executives across the country.

He also indicated that more than GH¢ 7,000 is deducted from source for the Zoomlion Company for fumigation, while electric poles are dumped on assemblies to pay without their consent. He further stated that Ghana @ 50 drinking cups, hats and clothes among others are also deducted from the common fund, before the remaining amount are released to the assemblies.

Based on that, Aniagyei said most of the district assemblies are malfunctioning and at present could not finance projects, making it difficult for contractors and other auxiliary workers to gain employment. Aniagyei said, based upon these assessments, President Kufuor cannot claim that Ghanaians were lazy.