General News of Friday, 27 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described President John Mahama’s state of the nation address as “strong on infrastructural projects, but weak in other areas of governance”.
Speaking on ‘Daybreak Capital’ on Capital TV on Friday, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the President spent over an hour talking about programmes, but overlooked what he said was Ghana’s “weak economy”.
He said the address failed to talk about job creation, cedi depreciation, high inflation and the “escalating prices” of goods and services.
“When we talk about the state of the nation, it’s the state of the nation for a particular year – the condition or health of a nation at a given time,” the Minority Leader said, adding that the President mainly focused on what he wanted to do rather than what he had done.
Touching on the Minority’s uncharacteristic failure to heckle President Mahama during his address, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu reiterated the point that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) colleagues were not mesmerised by the charm and delivery of the President.
Rather, he said, the Minority had taken a collective decision not to heckle the President because some language directed at him in the past had crossed “the boundaries of decency” and “did not really reflect the dignity of parliament and that of the Presidency”.
The Suame MP went on to add that the Minority would reveal what he said was the true state of the nation Wednesday.