NDC blows whistle against Bawumia for trumpeting Mahama as extravagant
Leaders of the opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) have blown the whistle against Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia for trumpeting that the cost of infrastructure under their administration is cheaper.
They also blew the whistle for accusing the erstwhile administration as corrupt.
According to them, the erstwhile administration was the most honest government that worked in the interest of Ghanaians.
Speaking in a media interview, the Communication Officer of NDC, Sammy Gyamfi stated that Dr Bawumia and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are creating the impression that the cost of infrastructure under their administration is cheaper than under the NDC which he says was not true.
He insisted that the cost of infrastructural projects under the Akufo-Addo led administration is expensive than the erstwhile Mahama government.
The cost of projects, Mr Gyamfi observed has doubled under the current government, thus could not accuse the former administration as corrupt.
He cautioned the public against the NPP and urged them not to take the party and their political talk seriously.
“Under NDC 2016, we built boreholes at GHS60,000 per unit and the NPP made noise in this country that it is expensive and it has been inflated but today, the same borehole is being done at GHS120,000. They have doubled the price. Six unit classroom block was done at GHS350,000 and they complained and made noise about it. Today, the same six-unit classroom block is being built at GHS860,000. More than 100 percent increment,” Mr Gyamfi added.
He further argued that, during the tenure of the NDC, the construction of a kilometre of asphalt road cost the country $250,000 but under the Akufo-Addo government, the same one kilometre has gone up astronomically to $1.2 million citing the Synohydro deal as an example.
“So when it comes to a government that protects the public purse, they [NPP] are not close to doing that. Dr Bawumia must know that Ghanaians have tested both candidates and lies will not win them this election,” Mr Gyamfi said.
He also rejected corruption allegations made against the Mahama-led administration and insisted that it was the most honest and transparent government Ghana has witnessed.
“After they accused Mahama of corruption in the 2016 election, after almost four years in power, they have not come up with even one evidence against him,” Mr Gyamfi stressed.
Mr Gyamfi made the spirited defence on the back of infrastructural projects touted by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia earlier in the week.
Dr Bawumia alleged that the erstwhile administration inflated the cost of project for their own interest; a claim rejected by the NDC.
Dr Bawumia during a Town Hall meeting hosted at the Academy of Art and Sciences on Tuesday, August 18, claimed that the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah interchange is higher than four interchanges being built under this government.
The Vice President cited Tema, Pokuase and Obetsebi Lamptey interchanges in the Greater Accra Region and Tamale in the Northern Region, all at a total cost of $289 million comparing it with the $260 million Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
He then asserted that the NDC government fed on public purse while his government was managing the economy better.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE