"If We Build Roads With Gold, Ashantis Won’t Appreciate" – Prez Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has stated that indigenes of the Ashanti Region are not ‘appreciative’ of efforts made by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, to bring development projects to Ghana and in particular the Ashanti Region.

The President, who was speaking in the stronghold of the opposition New Patriotic Party, made the comment when he addressed teeming supporters of the National Democratic Congress at the office of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council on the first day of his three-day tour of the region.

The President’s comment has not gone down well with some residents of Kumasi who have had the opportunity to listen to the comment on various media platforms in the regional capital and elsewhere.

In the comment made in the Twi language to his party supporters, the President said Ashantis will not appreciate any good thing his government does.

“The presidency is working hard so don’t allow anyone to deceive you into thinking that we are retrogressing. As I speak, there are several projects ongoing. We are constructing roads, providing water and electricity. Since I came, we have inspected ongoing renovation works on the runway of the Kumasi Airport. We are fixing instruments at the Airport to allow for both day and night flights. We have also inspected the DIHOC Shoe Factory where there are new machines for producing footwear for the military here in Kumasi”.

“However the Akans have a saying that, the chicken never pleases the hawk no matter how well she dances. But that shouldn’t discourage us. We have noted the promise we made to Ghanaians for which we were voted into power. As for Kumasi, even if we construct roads tarred with gold, they will tell us that we did nothing” the President stated.

“Come 2016, we will account for each one of them; and surely we will be voted into office again” he added.