The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has pushed back hard against criticism from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that Ghanaians are going through untold hardship under the Mahama-led administration.
The campaign spokeswoman for the re-election bid of President John Mahama, Mrs Joyce Bawa-Mogtari, said in a media interview that Ghana was not a “paradise” under the eight years of the NPP, recalling the water challenges and misuse of funds under the NPP.
Her comments were in response to claims by the NPP at a press conference on Monday that Ghanaians have become poorer under the governing NDC.
“I don’t remember, as I always say, that under NPP for eight years, Ghana was actually a paradise. But look around you today, look at our interventions in transportation, look at our transformation in the sea ports of Ghana, look at the transformation in our road network, look at the elevations in all the key medical facilities we have across the country, look at the new ones coming up, look at the housing infrastructure,” Mrs Bawa-Mogtari said in an interview on Class FM.
“These were eight years of yellow gallons, of people looking for water on the highways here in Accra and in the rest of the Ghana; these were eight years of a HIPC benefit that only gave us tiny little toilets in the wrong places and you can still go round the country and look at them; this is a government at the time that benefitted largely from debt cancellation and just what did they do with all the funds that were received at the time?
“This is a former administration that actually received huge investment in the oil sector and you ask yourself where it all went to. Indeed, I recall challenges with water and access to water in portions of Adentan, East Legon, and what have you. All of these failed promises we lived with for eight years under NPP,” she added.
Mrs Bawa-Mogtari, who is also the deputy minister of transport, said the NPP is desperate for power and will throw ‘anything at anybody’ to win power.
“Indeed, Ghanaians, I always say, are very discerning people. We see an opposition party that is very desperate for power, we see an opposition party that is characterised by a lot of division and disgruntlement, a lot of challenges within their own house, a party that lacks unity of purpose, a party that is just so desperate and will throw anything at anybody just because they want power.”
The NPP on Monday led by its policy adviser Boakye Agyarko the living conditions of Ghanaians had worsened under President Mahama.
He said when “you speak at random to people around the country, it appears their concerns, problems and anxieties are the same. Unemployment, bad roads, the lack of decent and affordable accommodation and the high cost of living as well as the falling standards in education and health.”
“It cannot be disputed that President John Mahama has made Ghanaians poorer. The prices of everyday items have skyrocketed under John Mahama,” Mr Boakye Agyarko said.
“The price of a gallon of petrol has gone from GHS3 to GHS16, bread has moved from GHS2 to GHS7, milk from GHS1 to GHS3, kenkey from 30p to GHS2, fish from 50p to GHS2, sachet water from 5p to 20p, and a bag of cement from GHS12 to GHS32,” he added.