The Akufo-Addo-led administration must stop borrowing and look inwardly for funds to support projects, Mallam Issah, a former Minister for Youth and Sports, has said.
According to Mallam Issah, ahead of the 2016 general elections the New Patriotic Party (NPP) told Ghanaians that the Mahama administration engaged in excessive borrowing in spite of the nation’s rich resources.
He noted that the NPP, then in opposition, said they would not borrow if voted into office but will fall on the availability of the resources in the country.
Mallam Issah, therefore, questioned why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will engage in borrowing when, in their assertions, there were resources in the country to rely on.
“Somebody should tell me what they have used the loans they have borrowed for. I cannot see any corresponding projects to the loans they have contracted and so we need to ask them questions,” he said.
“Dr Bamuwia and President Akufo-Addo told us when they were in opposition that Mahama was borrowing too much and that we had a lot of money and resources in Ghana. Lo and behold, Ghanaians voted for the NPP only for them to come and borrow more than what Mahama did.
“So what are they telling Ghanaians? They have to obey their own words and stop borrowing,” he said while speaking on Accra FM yesterday.
Recently, Dr Gideon Boako, spokesperson for Dr Bawumia denied claim that the NPP said they would never borrowed
In a statement, reacting to similar claims by Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini, he said: “I wish to place on record to Mr Suhuyini, his NDC cohorts and all those who take delight in communicating such falsehood that Dr Bawumia never made any tweets or statements during the 2016 campaign period that the NPP government would never borrow if voted to power.
“I am by this statement challenging Mr Suhuyini or anyone who has evidence to the contrary to adduce same.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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