The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged Ghanaian voters and
media practitioners to demand accountability from the ruling New
Patriotic Party (NPP) as it seeks a mandate for another term.
Government must give detailed account of the tax payers’ money spent on
the recent controversial National Awards, the cost of the 515 insignia
and medallions and why did they ordered a three-year stock, Mr. Elvis
Afrieyie Ankrah a Deputy General Secretary of the party, stated at a
news conference in Accra.
The NDC therefore called on civil
society and all well-meaning Ghanaians to rise up, find their voices
and speak against this sheer plundering and misapplication of national
The news conference attended by high ranking NDC
officials was organized to catalogue some alleged governmental "bizarre
actions and expenditures" and appeal to the media to lead the crusade
to demand accountability from NPP.
The bizarre actions and
expenditures include the use of GH¢1.4 million on the national award
medals and insignia and refusal of President John Agyekum Kufuor to use
an executive jet bought by his predecessor when he assumed office yet
has decided to order two luxurious jets.
Others are the
benefit derived from about 167 foreign trips by the President since
January 7, 2001, the use of large presidential convoy at a time when
the nation is grappling with fuel crisis and economic hardship, and the
procurement of goods and services in the name of the incoming
The NDC also challenged the NPP Government to
account for the 25 million dollars spent on the 50th anniversary
celebration and provide evidence of the hundreds of places of
convenience that were supposed to be built along major highways during
the golden jubilee celebration.
Other issues were the
whereabouts of the 50 state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz, Chrysler and BMW
saloon cars that were purported to have been acquired for the use of
dignitaries during the 50th anniversary.
The NDC also
demanded from the government the current owners of Ga lands acquired by
the state at the La Wireless area for the construction of villas for
the visiting dignitaries during the African Union summit and [email protected]
"How much was paid to the La Traditional Council, owners of the land and the Ga state in general?" the NDC asked.
the sale of 70 per cent share of government in Ghana Telecom, the NDC
condemned it and assured the public that a future NDC government would
review the whole transaction.
The NDC said it would
review the national award process so as to ensure that the choice of
the people to be honoured was made more participatory and non-partisan
to ensure that the awards were not steeped in controversy to taint the
dignity and respectability of those honoured.
The NDC said
its criteria for honours would seek to recognise Ghanaian creativity
and ingenuity as local craftsmen would be engaged to design the
national medal to promote the Ghanaian jewellery industry.