Minority reacts to State of the Nation Address

Accra, Feb 26, GNA – The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament, on Thursday, described the State of the Nation Address, delivered by President John Mahama, as: ‘Palpable untruths; half-truths; and embellished truths.’

The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, addressing a media conference in the Chamber of Parliament, shortly after President’s address said: ‘It was an exercise in propaganda at Osu or Bole Bole Bamboi’ and not a State of the Nation Address.’

The Minority Leader said President Mahama did not address the issues besetting the country, adding that, the President was dithering on all his pronouncements.

He accused the President of for, instance, addressing the issue of cholera, which was occasioned by the filth in the country, and neither addressing the issue of statutory payments funds such at the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), nor the Ghana Education Trust Fund, which were both arrears.

Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu described President’s Mahama expenditure on the expansion of the road network across the country as a ‘shame’ because, he said, President Mahama had used US$1.9 billion in eight years for the purpose, when the former Kufuor Administration spent a third of that amount to cover a similar project.

The Minority accused President Mahama of putting the health of the country on the path of recession as inflation and the growth rate were diminishing by every yardstick.

The Minority Leader queried why the President referred to the people in the public gallery who he called individually as the beneficiaries of the numerous projects of his Government’ as ‘ his guests’ while the Standing Orders of the House referred to them as the Speaker’s Guest.

He Minority Leader wanted to know who ‘bussed’ those beneficiaries, who would pay for their accommodation and upkeep in Accra and transportation back to their respective destinations as the President called them part of his evidenced-based delivery.

‘This is a tragedy of a presentation,’ the Minority Leader said, adding that the Minority would give a fuller reaction next Monday.

Mr Bernard Mornah, the Chairman of the People’s National Convention, said the President’s address was silent on the sanitation situation, despite the labeling of Ghana as one of dirtiest countries in the world.

He said there were a link sanitation and poor health and productivity and a declining economy.

Mr Mornah, however, gave pluses to the President on his presentation on Education and Health.


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