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General News of Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Source: adomonline.com

Mahama commissioning uncompleted toilets – Napo scoffs

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South says Ghanaians should expect more uncompleted buildings to be commissioned by the Mahama-led government.

According to Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, he is not surprised because “President Mahama is even commissioning uncompleted toilets”.

He made the comment on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday while setting the records straight on the infrastructural projects by the current administration especially in the health sector.

The NDC is campaigning vigorously on what it says is the massive infrastructural development across the country. The President is also on record as saying his government's GHC 3billion sunk in infrastructure represents the most massive infrastructural development in the history of this country.

But the Manhyia South MP maintained that, President Mahama cannot claim credit for all the infrastructural projects being showcased by his government.

The reason, he said was because funding for some of the projects was secured by the NPP government before the party lost the 2008 elections.

"These regional hospitals and district hospitals that they have done.... none of them and I repeat the funding for none of them was even sought by President Mills or President Mahama," the opposition MP who is a member of the Health Committee of Parliament said.

Napo as he is popularly called referred to a 2009 budget statement presented by former Finance Minister, Kwabena Duffuor in Parliament after it had won the December 2008 general elections which showed a list of projects which funding was secured by the erstwhile Kufuor administration.

This, he said included the 500-bed Military hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti region, the upgrade of Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern region and Phase II of the Bolgatanga regional hospitals.

The budget statement he indicated, also listed at least 79 projects and programmess with funding secured under the Kufuor government before it lost the December 2008 general elections.

‘The Kufuor government got a $180m credit facility from Euroget de Invest S.A on 20th November 2008 with a 3-year grace period for repayment”.

“Another $339m was given the NPP government in 2008 for the financing of two regional hospitals and six district hospitals with staff housing at Adenta/Madina, Twifo-Praso, Konongo-Odumase, Wenchi, Tepa, and Salaga. A 7.5million Euro funding was also sourced for the construction of five Polyclinics” he stated.

Based on these facts, the Manhyia South MP stressed that, the NDC cannot claim credit for things they did not sweat to get.

Napo said the only way Ghana can work again is by voting against President Mahama who he said is going down as the worse President in the fourth republic.