Politics of Saturday, 19 December 2015
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate for Afoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says Ghana is doomed to fail in the next four years if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) retains political power.
His observation, he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme Friday is borne out of the gross misappropriation of the nation’s resources by the government.
An example of such misappropriation, he said, was the use of GHc3.6m for the branding of 116 Metro Mass Rapid Transit (MMRT) buses with the pictures of former Presidents and the sitting President.
The said amount, he said could have been used for the development of various deprived communities in the countries including Akim Techiman in his constituency which lacks Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds.
According to a document sent to Parliament detailing some government expenditure, it cost GH?31,000 to brand each of the 116 buses.
And that included a budget which stated that the company that placed stickers on the buses charged GHc2000 as labour cost for a bus; an allegation which has been denied by the Manager of Crystal Concept, Kwaku Mansah Abeiku.
Many especially the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have accused government of milking the state coffers ahead of the 2016 elections.
But government has justified spending GH?3.6million on re-branding 116 public buses with pictures of the president, explaining that artistic work is generally expensive.
This justification, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said was unnecessary claiming that the government has over the years been developing a pattern where state officials deliberately give contracts which make no meaning to party cronies at huge prices.
Other corruption sagas, including SADA, GYEEDA, SUBAH, Woyome scandal and several others further tell of how Ghana would be heading for a crash if the NDC is not changed.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah further entreated all Ghanaians to be ambassadors of change and campaign for the Mahama government to be voted out of power.