Ghana had ‘bankrupt’ record and future under Mahama, says President Akufo-Addo Featured

By Nana Yaw Dwamena November 06, 2019 959 38 comments

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, as one with no record to defend, as well as no prescriptions for the future.

Mr Mahama claimed on Sunday that “God brought NPP so Ghanaians can appreciate NDC.”

But, according to President Akufo-Addo, it is all “negativity, negativity, negativity” that Ghanaians continue to hear from the NDC leader.

Speaking at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Aflao, held in his honour, the President stated, “Ghanaians have moved on. God is not so wicked as to punish Ghanaians again with the rule of John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress, that's not what God is going to do. Ghana has moved on, and we are now in an era of hope, in an era of progress, and we are going to march on.”

No turning back

As per the logic of Mr Mahama, President Akufo-Addo wondered if “Ghanaians want stagnation, not progress? They want high inflation, not low inflation? Ghanaians want the unemployed graduates association, they don't want NaBCo? They want a poor agriculture, not Planning for Food Jobs? No new industries, rather than ‘One-District-One-Factory’?”

He also wondered if Ghanaians preferred the situation that prevailed under Mahama in which, on the average, 100,000 Junior High School graduates could not find a place in secondary school and had to go home because their parents could not afford it, to Free SHS.

“The people who were asleep when they were in a comfortable lead, only to wake up to find that the country had rejected them, they are still asleep. They will not wake up and see that Ghana has moved on,” he said.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo added, is now moving on to a new era of hope and progress.

“We had a leader who has no record he can defend, who has no prescriptions for the future, no policies for the future. We have never had any policies coming from this leader about what is going to happen in the future under him.
“Bankrupt record, bankrupt future, that's what we had under this leader (Mahama). We are not turning back; we are not turning back to the past of stagnation and no achievements. We are going to go forward; we are marching forward,” he stated.

Oil money for Free SHS

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo says he has no regrets using the country’s oil revenues to fund the Free SHS policy.

“I don't have any regrets whatsoever about committing the oil revenues of our country to preparing our nation for the future. It is the best, most efficient, most equitable way all of us can participate in those revenues,” he stated yesterday.

“My modest contribution to the growth of Ghana is to make sure that we are not left out of the progress that is ahead of us in the 21st century,” he added.

The President was interacting with staff and students of Mawuli Senior High School, as part of his working visit to the Volta Region.

Referring to those who “who feel that their political fortunes are threatened by the Free Senior High School”, the President bemoaned the fact that “we have such politicians in Ghana.”

“But that's our lots. We will deal with it, that's not a problem, we will deal with it,” he stated.

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