Politics of Tuesday, 12 November 2019
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Youth Organiser, Henry Nana Boakye, aka Nana B, has said former President John Mahama cannot use Ghanaians for his amateurish political experiment.
“The Presidency is meant for serious people and the former President’s track record gives an indication that he is going to cause more damage if he is allowed to lead Ghana again,” he said.
Speaking yesterday in Tamale in the Northern Region during ‘The Youth Must Know’ series, an initiative of the NPP Youth Wing, he urged Ghanaians to treat with contempt the former President’s recent comments that he was coming back to correct the mistakes he made during his tenure.
He said Ghanaians experienced poor leadership spiced with massive corruption under Mr. Mahama and his NDC, and had not forgotten about that ‘bitter’ experience.
Nana B said Mr. Mahama and his NDC cronies saw the problems confronting the people of Ghana, especially those in the north, “as opportunities to exploit and enrich themselves.”
“They embarked on fraudulent and shambolic supposed pro-poor policies and in the end made the people even poorer, yet he has the guts to say he is coming back to save the same people he and his cronies fleeced,” he pointed out.
“The SADA idea to scale up development in the northern regions was originally proposed by President Akufo-Addo when he was the flag bearer of the NPP in 2008. Characteristic of the NDC, they stole the idea and named it Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA),”Nana B fired, adding “an initiative meant to reduce poverty and improve livelihood was, overnight, transformed into a special purpose vehicle for create, loot and share.”
Nana B said a Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) report in 2017 report, covering how the Mahama government used scarce oil money, revealed that 50 per cent of projects inspected in the Upper East, Upper West and the then Northern regions which were to be funded with petroleum revenue could not be traced, accusing the former President of diverting “millions of dollars of oil money in the name of executing projects in the northern regions.”
The NPP Youth Organiser used the opportunity to highlight some of the achievements of the Akufo-Addo government. He gave an assurance that the President was committed to ensuring equitable distribution of national resources.
He urged the youth not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by what he called “Mr. Mahama and his brigade of nation wreckers.” He called for support for the NPP administration to deliver.