Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, has criticized the Akufo-Addo administration for excessive borrowing, stating that the debt of Ghana has risen to almost GHS600 billion with no significant infrastructure projects to show for it. Mahama, who is seeking to be elected flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), spoke at an interaction with party delegates in Sissala West on May 9.
Mahama noted that during his administration in 2016, the debt of Ghana was GHS120 billion, which was incurred with notable infrastructure projects to show for it. However, he expressed dismay that the current government has incurred significant debt but has failed to implement substantial infrastructure projects, such as clean drinking water, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure.
Furthermore, Mahama stated that Ghanaians are calling for the NDC to return to office, claiming that many have realized that what they were told about the NDC during the previous election was all lies. He expressed optimism that the NDC would win the next election, considering the overwhelming support and acceptance from the people.
Mahama urged the NDC party members to adopt the style of Jehovah’s Witnesses and campaign door-to-door and house-to-house to enlighten Ghanaians on the party’s policies and programs. He emphasized that the party’s grassroots mobilization and advocacy were critical to achieving success in the upcoming election.
For the most part, Mahama’s comments highlight the growing concern over the rising debt levels in Ghana and the need for accountability in the management of public funds. Furthermore, his criticisms on the lack of significant infrastructure development despite the debt incurred by the current administration has raised questions on the effectiveness of the government’s policies and programs.
Mahama’s campaign for the NDC flagbearer position indicates a renewed commitment to serving Ghana and improving the country’s economy and infrastructure. The former president’s remarks are expected to resonate with Ghanaians who are looking for a leader with a proven track record of implementing successful policies and programs. In a nutshell, Mahama’s comments reflect a growing demand for good governance and accountability in Ghana.