Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has charged President John Evans Atta Mills to deliver on his New Year promise of ensuring massive infrastructural development this year.
President Mills, in his message to the nation on Sunday, promised his government’s commitment to ensuring that the $3 billion Chinese loan is used judiciously.
But former President John Agyekum Kufuor, in an interview with Joy FM, stressed the need for President Mills and his government to deliver on the promises they make to the electorate and not repeat the mistakes of 2011.
He said what Ghanaians need to see are the physical evidence of the loan and not mere talk. “It is one thing getting some money and another applying it judiciously. So we wait and see. The money is a loan not a grant and Ghanaians at the end of the day will have to repay,” he said.
Former President Kufuor also charged President Mills to lead by example in ensuring a peaceful election, following the President’s assurance of his government’s commitment to a peaceful election.
He said even though President Mills may be a candidate, he must ensure that the added responsibility of superintending the political process must be undertaken with due regard to the interest of all parties involved.
Meanwhile, a Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kwasi Amarkye, is also calling on President Mills not to focus only on infrastructural development but also pay more attention to the economic plights of the average Ghanaian.
He says as the nation focuses on the upcoming elections, it is important to consider areas such as agriculture. Speaking to Joy FM, Mr. Amarkye said, “Over the years, governments in the Fourth Republic have not demonstrated that they are going to work in that direction,” adding “That is something that could be done. A massive investment into rice alone can alleviate the plight of many Ghanaians.”
Source: Daily Guide
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