Politics of Thursday, 23 February 2017
Source: Enerst Lartey
The NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Hon. Samuel Dzata George has described President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address as extremely partisan.
According to him, though the president had fact and figures in the transition notes handed to him, he chose to pick on the negative projections.
“The president chose to highlight the achievements of ex-president Kuffuor’s administration but went silent on the achievements of the NDC. He spoke about our liabilities without speaking about assets,” he stated.
He expressed worry that the SONA delivered by the president failed to give a clear policy direction of his regime.
In his view, the president was supposed to have furnished Ghanaians on the source funding for his key manifesto promises like the free Senior High School, the construction of the Takoradi and Paga railway lines among others, instead the president lamented.
Discussing the maiden edition of the president’s State of the Nation Address on ‘State of Affairs’ on GHONE TV, he also alluded to the president assertion that all the IMF goals have been missed as a complete falsehood.
Commenting on the missing 7 billion cedis allegation by the vice president, His Excellency Dr. Bawumiah, Hon. Samuel George argued that that statement was also untrue.
Hon. Dzata George explained that per the transition act, handing over notes are to be presented two months before the inauguration of the president. He further stated that this accounted for the absence of two months activities in the transition notes.
“The NDC understands governance as a continuous process. The said missing monies are commitments of government. The NDC serviced Ex-president kuffour’s Eurobond debt but we were not credited. So the 7 billion cedis purported to have gone missing is a commitment or what we call pipeline debts that successive government’s inherits.”
He described the President idea of investing massively in agriculture to create jobs for the youth as a misplaced priority and cited the manufacturing sector as the one that government must prioritize because it has the potential to create jobs and impact the economy positively.
The Ningo Prampram MP noted that the SONA was full of populism and that soon the reality will dawn on the president to realize the difference between campaigning and governance.
In his remarks on the ongoing pockets of attacks in the various parts of the country, he called on the president to stop the condemnation but and get the security apparatus of the country working.