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Politics of Friday, 14 August 2020

Source: Pulse Ghana

Mahama’s $10bn infrastructure promise is an avenue to enrich himself - NPP

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has poured cold water on a huge infrastructure transformation promised by John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the opposition NDC.

According to the National Organiser of the NPP, Sammi Awuku, Ghanaians should treat the $10 billion promise with contempt.

He said the former president will use such an avenue should he return to power to enrich himself.

Addressing the media on Thursday, August 13, Sammi Awuku said Mr Mahama will use the opportunity to enrich himself because the cost of the projects or infrastructure will be inflated, as has been done with previous projects during his tenure in office.

“Candidate Mahama claims that he will inject US$10 billion into infrastructure and use that to create jobs. He said this in a knee-jerk reaction to the Akufo-Addo programme to help Ghana’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears Mr Mahama is very fond of figure 10 billion. Ghanaians must dismiss this as a total pipe down."

"In 2013, working with his good friend, Roland Aganbri amidst the great fanfare, Mr Mahama went to cut the sod for the US$10 billion Hope City project promising thousands of jobs in the process not knowing he had not even acquired the land for the project,” Sammi Awuku stated.

According to him, even though Mahama claims the US$10 billion infrastructure boost will create jobs for the youth, nothing of the sort will happen, but rather, a financial scandal is what will be left for Ghanaians.

He cautioned Ghanaians to be extremely careful with such promises from John Mahama, as he does not have any interest in the outcome of any projects and how it will benefit Ghanaians.

“When he also says he is going to build projects, Ghanaians should be extremely careful and be worried because of the inflated cost of these projects. He is not interested in the outcome of the project and the impact it will have on Ghanaians neither is he interested in value for money."

"So, when he says he is going to invest billions in infrastructure, Ghanaians must treat it not as a promise but as a threat, not as an infrastructural solution but a financial scandal. It must not draw you closer towards him but borrow his legs and run away with it,” he concluded.

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