Chairman of the Nigerian branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kofi Atiemo-Gyan says President John Mahama is the worst leader the country has ever had.
‘This is the worst government in the country’s 57 years history of nationhood. Under President Mahama, the socio-economic conditions in Ghana have degenerated, with a struggling cedi,’ he said during an interview with DAILY GUIDE.
According to him, ‘This has never happened in the history of Ghana, people have to go through such hardship. It is very difficult for people to get even two square meals in Ghana now.’
He said, ‘This is a government which has been contracting loans from left to right; the loans are not being utilized for the purposes for which they were obtained.’
He stressed the need for proper accountability from government officials.
Mr Atiemo-Gyan said nobody should be misled that the Mahama-led NDC administration was working to improve the country’s economy.
‘Anybody who thinks the government is working must be examined by a psychiatrist because he is not feeling what Ghanaians are feeling.’
‘What is the use of expanding the Tamale Airport when you can’t afford two square meals a day; essential services for this country is nil, ordinary water, they don’t have. So what is the benefit of expanding the Tamale Airport?’ he quizzed.
‘The economy is bad; the dollar has virtually made the cedi non-existent. This has never happened in the history of Ghana,’ he noted.
He said, ‘The government going to IMF for bailout is very annoying because they will bring the bailout and there will be nothing to show for it. It will all end up in people’s pockets. Go and see how the ministers and other appointees are acquiring property left, right and centre, where did they get all those monies from.’
The NPP man said ‘they are only interested in what goes into their pockets and chopping anyhow. That is why I always say there should be accountability immediately after leaving office, they should not be made to hand over like that.’
‘Look at what happened at the Sports Ministry under the former Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah. If this happened in any civilized country, these people would have resigned but here are they going up and down collecting huge allowances,’ he emphasized.
He therefore called for the establishment of a vetting committee to investigate government officials when they exit office, adding that ‘whatever they took or acquired whilst in office through fraudulent means should be confiscated for the state and they should be made to face prosecution.’
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
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