Inusah Fuseini breaks ranks with fellow minister

Roads and Highways Minister, Inusah Fuseini has disagreed with suggestions by a colleague minister that the opposition leader breached the Constitution by presenting his version of the State of the Nation address.

He said the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo acted within the constitution in presenting what he called the ‘real state of the nation’ in response to the president’s State of The Nation Address presented to Parliament.

On March 2, the Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson said on Okay FM’s Morning Show that there is nowhere in Ghana’s Constitution which allows the opposition leader to deliver his state of the nation address after the President was through with his.

However, Mr. Fuseini said the ‘real state of the nation address’ delivered by the NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, was an “exercise of his Constitutional rights.”

According to him, Nana Akufo-Addo was expected by his party to react to the President’s State of the Nation address and that his failure to do so could have got him removed by his party as Presidential Candidate.

Speaking on the Joy FM’s/ Multitv news analysis program News File, Mr. Fuseini explained President Mahama expected some reaction from Ghanaians to his ‘evidence based’ achievements saying the NPP’s reaction was expected and proper.

He said Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech was calculative and that it is a testament of the nation’s growing democracy.

Also, Mr. Fuseini said he is interested in accountability, explaining that Nana Akufo-Addo was held to task by the NDC.

Responding to the controversial Hohoe roads which the President announced in his State of the Nation address that work was on-going to give the town a new facelit, Mr. Fuseini said the President did not say all the roads had been constructed but rather some.

Contrary to some reports in the media, Mr. Fuseini said the residents of the area did not take him on and that they only helped to bring the real issues to the attention of his office.

He berated the contractor saying if he were a serious contractor he would have constructed the road within two months.

Mr. Fuseini said government officials in the region failed to furnish his office and that of the President with the true state of the roads.

He commended residents of Hohoe for drawing the attention of the government to the true state of Hohoe roads.


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