Dumsor – erratic power supply will be President John Mahama’s legacy after he leaves office, three-time flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
“When the record of Ghana’s history in the 4th Republic is being written, we can point to the establishment of the District Assembly concept, which sought to deepen popular participation in governance, as originating from former President Rawlings.
“The establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme, which delivered affordable, quality health care to Ghanaians, bears the name of President Kufuor. President Mills was not with us for long. In the Five years of President Mahama, what can we say is his legacy? What has he done to ensure Ghana moves forward? Perhaps it is the ‘dumsor,’” Mr Akufo-Addo said at Fotobi, in the Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency, at the commencement of his 5-day tour of the Eastern region on Wednesday, June 29.
At a durbar organised in his honour by Nana Kofi Osae Ababio, Chief of Fotobi, the former Attorney General said the Mahama administration has been fraught with unbridled theft of state resources, widespread cases of corruption and a tattered economy.
“Our economy is in tatters and the President has no clue as to how to fix it. That is why the cost of basic necessities has become so expensive. Whether it is electricity, petrol, food, everything has become so expensive. The theft and corruption in Mahama’s government have become rampant and widespread,” he stated.
He said a future Akufo-Addo government “is coming to fix our monetary system, root out the theft of public resources and corruption, create an enabling environment for the private sector to flourish, and modernise our agriculture.”
Mr Akufo-Addo also emphasised his ambition to set up a factory in each of the 216 districts of the country should he win the polls. “When I said I was going to implement the Free SHS policy, Mahama said it cannot be done. But, later he turned around and tried to implement it. … The same way I proposed the Northern Development Authority to help the three Northern regions, so as to help bridge the developmental gap between the north and south, there was the usual talk of ‘it cannot be done’, ‘he can’t do it’. Again, he [President Mahama] tried, through the creation of SADA, to implement my idea. He failed woefully at it. …Those who have no vision are always the ones who say it cannot be done. We are coming to rebuild Ghana and bring jobs to all Ghanaians.”