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Former President Mahama Promises to Complete Abandoned Projects to Protect the Public Purse

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Former President John Dramani Mahama, a Flagbearer hopeful for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has pledged to complete abandoned projects scattered across the country to protect the public purse. During his two-day campaign tour of the Upper East Region, Mr Mahama emphasized that a future NDC government would not hastily commence new projects while existing ones remained unfinished. Instead, his administration would complete all ongoing projects, including E-blocks, hospitals, roads, electrification, GETfund projects, and any other abandoned projects that the NDC initiated but were left uncompleted.

Mr Mahama said that by finishing abandoned projects, Ghanaian taxpayers would reap the benefits of their investment as early as possible. He noted that taxpayer money had already been sunk into the uncompleted projects, and the public must benefit from them. Mr Mahama observed that some of the E-blocks were almost complete, with roofing and doors fixed, but the previous government refused to finish them because they were built under his tenure. He promised to act differently and complete these projects to show Ghanaians what responsible governance entails.

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The former president also lamented the current economic hardship, noting that Ghana had retrogressed under the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) government. He said that life was hard, and Ghanaians were worse off than they were in 2016 when he was president. He highlighted the cost of petrol and fertilizers, which were significantly higher than they were in his administration. He promised to put Ghana back on track and restore hope to Ghanaians if elected.

Mr James Agalga, the Member of Parliament for the Builsa North Constituency, also added his voice to the campaign, noting that the NDC had awarded the Chuchuliga-Sandema-Wiaga-Weisi road on contract, and within five months, the contractor had completed 22% of the work. However, when the NPP came to power, they abandoned the road and refused to pay the contractor to complete the work. Mr Agalga said that the people of Builsa North were looking forward to the NDC returning to power in 2025 to construct the roads, and recalled that the NDC had constructed two dams in Sandema and Wiaga for irrigation purposes, enabling the youth to engage in dry season vegetable farming to earn income.

For the most part, Mr Mahama’s campaign tour focused on the unfinished projects scattered across the country and how his administration would complete them to protect the public purse. His message of responsible governance and restoring hope to Ghanaians has resonated well with many, especially those in the Builsa North Constituency, who are eager to see the completion of the Chuchuliga-Sandema-Wiaga-Weisi road.

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