2020 flag-bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has described as ponds the much touted One Village, One Dam (1V1D) project of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
According to Mr. Mahama, most of the projects under government’s One Village, One Dam project were shoddy.
“Today, 1 Village 1 Dam has become 1 Village 1 Pond because before the election, I asked that, are you digging dugouts or dams for irrigation purposes. They refused to answer and the reality has caught up. These are dugouts. In some cases they do not even qualify as dugouts,” he mocked.
Mr. Mahama’s claim follows concerns over the implementation of the policy which has largely been described as poor.
Residents in some communities in the north have complained that most of the dams had either dried up or were not built properly.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in response to these concerns promised to investigate the development while the vice president asked Development Authorities not to pay contractors working on the project if they fail to meet the specified standards.
The former Ghanaian leader was much particular about NPP’s failure to deliver on its 2016 promises.
“Unlike the NPP, the NDC always delivers on its promises when voted into power,” Mr Mahama said.
“We are not the same as the NPP. We have always stood by the truth. We have not told false promises just because we want political power. We tell the people exactly what we can do for them and when we come into office, we make our best effort to deliver exactly what we said we can do for them,” the former president pointed these out at the party’s 27th Anniversary Lecture.
Buttressing his claim, Mr. Mahama said the NPP gave vain promises in the run-up to the 2016 general election in a bid to win the polls.
“It was in 2016 that NPP elevated false promises to a historic level. It was just like anything the people want to hear because we want political power but you forget that when you have done that and you come into power, the reality will catch up with you
…Today, a large group of people are disappointed with the NPP,” he said.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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