Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has admitted that indeed the 17,334 projects that Vice President Bawumia touted as the achievements of the Akufo-Addo government does include ghost (non-existent) projects.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah explains that the addition of a supposed Astroturf park at Adenta to the list was a mistake and lashed out at Metropolitan, Municipal and District Executives (MMDCEs) for misleading Vice President Bawumia to publicly boast about the projects in what has resulted in a monumental embarrassment to the government.
“Well, MMDCEs forward the dataset in…It turns out that it was inaccurate. Verifications were done and I’m sure they missed it,” the Information Minister said.
Oppong Nkrumah’s admission is coming after the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) exposed Dr. Bawumia’s assemblage of supposed 17,334 infrastructural projects initiated by the Akufo-Addo government, saying they were mostly fake.
According to the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, the projects Bawumia touted were mostly made up of thousands of infrastructural projects by the Mahama government and hundreds of non-existent ones.
Mr. Gyamfi then went on to highlight 26 of the ghost projects saying for some of the projects, not only do they not exist, Vice President Bawumia had also situated them in towns that he conjured for them.
The imaginary Adenta AstroTurf project was one of the supposed accomplishments of the NPP government as desperate Akufo Addo administration races against time to showcase its supposed achievements to get a second chance at the polls in December 2020.
A remorseless Oppong Nkrumah switched the heat on the NDC, saying at least, the NPP has been able to present a database of its accomplishments and that NDC should also do the same.
“The challenge has been to the colleagues on the other side to produce a database of how many projects they have done so that you can do the comparisons,” he said.