President Akufo-Addo, is expected in the Volta Region today, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 for a one-day working visit, where he would commission some projects as well as hold a durbar with chiefs and traditional rulers.
But even before his arrival in the region, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is up in arms with red flags, accusing the Akuffo-Addo government of stealing projects they have no knowledge about as their achievements.
In a statement, the party said, "But for President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC, President Akufo-Addo has NO project of his own to commission in the region. We felt vindicated by this fact that, the Volta region gets its fair share of development only when an NDC government is in power."
The projects to be commissioned include; the Naval Recruits Training School (NRTS) at Agorta-Nutekpor Dabala, near Sogakope under South Tongu District and also officially open the Ketu North Municipal Hospital at Weta as part of his one-day working visit to the region.
But the NDC insists that, President-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) is simply coming to engage in another "vain and wasteful jamboree" over projects they have no idea how it was started.
"This move by the desperate "King Sod Cutter" can best be likened to a man dressed in a borrowed cloth dating a beautiful lady," the Regional Secretary, James Gunu stated.
They said, "although it has become commonplace to see President Akufo-Addo and the NPP shamelessly go round the country commissioning John Mahama/NDC projects without even a scintilla of recognition to the latter, this intended commissioning of a facility that has been in operation for years is an all-time low, even by the NPP government's standards; and the fact that this has been timed to coincide with an impending election makes it the more laughable."
Naval Recruits School
The Volta NDC also took time to explain when and how the Agorta-Nutekpor Naval Recruits Training School (NRTS) facility under the Ghana Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC) was stablished and the period the first batch of recruits were received.
"Indeed the first batch of trainees to this facility were admitted into the Command on the 6th of August, 2016, and after 24 weeks of training, passed out on Friday the 24th of February, 2017, in a very colorful ceremony witnessed by a large retinue of observers including officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (Navy, Army and Airforce), Ghana Police, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration service, together with family and friends of the graduands."
They said, "Mention can be readily made of Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro (rtd), a former Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), under whose tenure and by whose instrumentation, the Ghana Navy took a huge leap into realizing the long desired aspiration of having a separate training command.
"As a result, for a president and a government to even hatch this bizarre idea of commissioning such an 'old' facility in the twilight of its administration, can only go to depict the extent of misguided desperation that has enveloped them," the statement stressed.
Ketu North Municipal Hospital
Regarding the hospital, it said, "To give honour and dignity a further slap in the face, the President is also billed to commission the Ketu North Municipal Hospital at Weta".
"We are sure the fact is not lost on Ghanaians that this facility is one of five projects initiated and undertaken by President Mahama in Somanya, Buipe, Tolon, Sawla Tuna Kalba and in Ketu North.
Indeed, President Mahama actually cut the sod for all these projects in Weta in Ketu North. This project thereafter saw a gradual materialization from sod cutting to finish until today there is an ultra-modern facility at Weta. Find below a news link to the said event by myjoyonline:https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/mahama-cuts-sod-for-construction-of-5-new-hospitals/"
"Much as we take due cognizance of the fact that government is a continuum and so successive governments can commission projects undertaken by previous ones, honesty and decency demand that same is done in a manner that gives a bit of credit to the executor of these projects.
We believe in giving credit where credit is due. We think that successive governments have a moral duty to be fair and candid in how they appropriate credit for projects initiated and commenced or executed by their predecessors.
It was in recognition of this moral duty that the previous NDC-Mills/Mahama administration invited former President John Agyekum Kufuor to the commissioning ceremony of the N1 George W. Bush Highway in February 2012.
In all of this, the NDC can only remind President Akufo Addo and the NPP government of the high level of discernment of the ordinary Ghanaian, and to remind them that dishonesty and dishonor will do them no good; at least not again. We would recommend to him that he does the needful and give credit where it is due.
We expect nothing but candor on the part of President Akufo-Addo during this commissioning of Mahama/NDC projects. If he would not invite President Mahama to the event, unlike President Mills did, the least he can do is give credit where it is due and not arrogate unto himself unmerited credit like he and his government are noted for," the statement concluded.