President Akufo-Addo believes is high time members of the National Democratic Congress stop peddling falsehood.
To him, the NDC’s constant propagation of deceit to make his government unpopular in certain parts of the Eastern region, especially Krobo and its environs, will not wash.
He refuted claims that his government is working to relocate the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) from Somanya to Bunso.
“What is the purpose of coming back to power to continue the programme of create loot and share. That programme is dead in Ghana, it will not happen again. That is not the programme the people of Ghana are looking for,” the president stated.
The NDC however has not said the University will be relocated to Bunso instead of Somanya but rather questioned the construction of the Bunso campus when a $90 million loan was approved.
What they (NDC) were against was an allegation that the Donkorkrom campus of the university was to be moved to Bunso.
“This House has to be very careful the precedence we are setting. We are saying that we passed a law, another party comes to power, we don’t like our laws, we won’t amend it, we don’t tell the people of Donkorkrom anything, we are violating the law and we are going to a preferred place because of clear familiar reasons.
“Article 17 of our Constitution frowns on discrimination. What we are being invited to do is to discriminate against the people of Donkorkrom in flagrant violation of Article 17 of the constitution of Ghana and that is why this side of the House is saying that we will not be part of this illegal and discriminatory action,” North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told Parliament when the loan was approved.
But the President says he has no interest in Ethnocentrism.
“I come from the area of Bunso, so it is very easy for them (NDC) to come and tell you that ‘all the things that are meant for you, he is now taking it to his hometown’.
“That is not the basis on which I am governing Ghana. I am not standing only for the people of Akim Abuakwa or Bunso, but I stand for the entire nation of Ghana,” the president told cheering supporters during a mini durbar at Somanya.
Commenting on the issue, Sammy Gyamfi criticized the President for making such utterances.
The newly elected communication officer of the NDC said the person peddling falsehood on the issue is the president, “at no point did we refer to the Somanya campus of the university being relocated to Bunso.
“The claim we made at the time was that we had impeachable information which suggested that government intended to relocate the Donkorkrom campus of the university to Bunso. That is very clear, so it wrong for the president to suggest that we had claimed in the past the government intended to relocate the campus of the university,” he clarified.
He said he has evidence to the fact that government is planning to relocate the Donkorkrom campus of the university to Bunso.
He then rubbished assertions by the President that the NDC only want to come to power to create loot and share.
“I think it doesn’t augur well for the credibility and integrity of government when our president speaks in this manner. We want to come back to government not to create loot and share like they are doing but to restore this country back to the path of development and progress.
“If the president wants to talk about create loot and share, he should look at his government, because his government is now an epitome and embodiment of corruption.
He has become a clearing agent who clearing his errant appointees of corrupt acts,” he said citing the National Lottery Authority scandal, Australian visa racketeering scandal and many others.
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