President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged Ghanaians to be wary of the promises being made by the presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama, in the run-up to the December 2020 polls, which is some two weeks away.
Addressing business owners at Kokompe, in the Ablekuma North constituency, yesterday on the first day of his 3-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, President Akufo-Addo stated that record in office of the former President in office is nothing to write home about, hence his defeat in 2016.
Having presided over the work economic statistics in recent history, the President wondered what John Mahama’s motivation was for seeking the office of President of the Republic of Ghana.
“I know of someone going about on a promising spree, that if he comes, he would do this and that, but the fact of the matter is he has been in power before, and what actually did he achieve? Nothing”, he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “We have experienced his stewardship before, and it didn’t meet the expectations of Ghanaians. So, he (Mahama) should stop lying to Ghanaians, for us to continue with our developmental agenda for the country!”
“I have come, this morning, to ask you if I have reneged on my promises to you, if I have disappointed you, if I came to lie to you. Since I have fulfilled most of my pledges to you, that means I was honest with you. For these reasons, you know I have lived up to expectations, so give me four more years to serve you better and continue my work,” he added.
Touching on the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Development Support, the President acknowledged that not all who applied have been successful, but assured that “those who didn’t benefit from the financial support will be assisted when I am retained in office.”
The president begun his tour with the commissioning of the first phase of construction work of the USD 135 million three-tier Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange project.
Completed five months ahead of schedule, the first stage of the project involved the construction of a 550- metre east-west overpass between Graphic Road and Dr. Busia Highway (Kaneshie Mallam Road) and storm drains.
The development, expected to ease traffic congestion on the Graphic Road- Kaneshie Mallam Road axis of Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle, paves way for the immediate commencement of the stage two of the project.
“The completion of phase one of the Obetsebi Lamptey interchange shows the seriousness that my government attaches towards addressing the congestion in some of the major cities of our country,”
.”Today event is further testimony to government’s determination to the issue”, he said.
“Noting that it was only under his government that about five interchanges are being constructed at the same time, the President said there was no reason for Ghanaians not to extend his mandate considering the commitment of his administration to improve the country’s infrastructure.
“This is the first time in our nation’s history that more than five interchanges are being constructed within the first term of any government. So if there is any reason to give Nana four more to do more for you, this is one of them” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that his administration was working assiduously to address traffic congestion challenges in Accra and all other major cities in the country.
He noted that the completion of the phase one of the interchange would bring relief to commuters on that stretch of the road, adding that the Kaneshie to Mallam Junction stretch of the project would be tackled to soon to resolve traffic situation on that road corridor.
He urged road users, traders and residents in the areas affected by the project to bear with the contractors to ensure that the next phase was also completed on time.
The second phase of the project will involve the construction of the third tier flyover on the Ring Road from the Audome Cemetary area to the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai, as well as improvements in critical arterial roads and construction of storm drains.
In addition to Kaneshie Market, the President visited Kaneshie Market, Abeka Market, Santa Maria, Ofankor, Amasaman, Kotoku and Oduman, where he stressed that “the New Patriotic Party has got the blueprint for the development of Ghana, and it is going to be concretized in Akufo-Addo’s second time as President of the Republic. That is the programme ahead of us and for our country.”