The 2020 Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has indicated that he will hold appointees of the Akufo-Addo government responsible for the abandonment of government projects if he is elected as president in the December polls.
Former President Mahama was speaking on Ho-based WoezorTV when he made the promise.
According to him, it is unacceptable that projects that public money has been expended to start have been allowed to waste away, saying such progress retarding activities will be brought to justice.
The promise comes amidst complaints by numerous Chiefs and natives of various places around the country over the continued abandonment of projects started by the previous Mahama government.
Projects, including community day schools that the Mahama government had started have allegedly been abandoned by the current government almost four years.
In the Volta Region where the former President is touring, the Ho Airport, an abattoir at Sokode, electrification projects, roads, projects at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) and Ho Technical University were highlighted as examples of projects abandoned by Akufo-Addo government.
As a result of what he said was the heavy backlog of uncompleted projects, the former President said he will dedicate the entirety of his first year in office to completing such projects if he is elected as President in December.
“We will start no new project in the first year and what we will do is to harness all resources that are possible to continue and finish projects that have been left abandoned. In the first three months when I come into office, we are going to ask all districts to take inventory of projects that have been abandoned and have come to a standstill and base on that inventory; we will do a budget to include providing resources to finish those projects and then we can look at other projects,” he said.
He pointed out that, “The tragedy is that, when you are working on things like roads and you develop it to a certain stage and you don’t finish it; what happens is that it deteriorate and if you want to do finish it, it becomes even more expensive.”