Mahama's Promises Fail To Materialise - Otiko Djaba

The Women's Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has indicted the Mahama administration for giving many promises and yet delivering little. Otiko Afisa Djaba said promises were like the clouds which should produce rain, but Mahama's thick cloud of promises had refused to turn into rain. She was assessing John Mahama's two-year tenure on Joy FM last Saturday. Being part of an all-women panel, the NPP executive member who described herself as a development practitioner, said the Mahama administration had "fallen short of the glory of Ghana." 'Dumsor' Otiko Djaba is convinced Mahama was a "de-facto president" under the "sick" President John E. A. Mills and had served six years in power instead of two and failed to get a hand on the power challenges, popularly christened as 'dumsor' by Ghanaians. She said the country had gone through perhaps the longest dumsor debacle over the last five years with its deleterious effects on the economy. "When you ‘chop’ all the money you cannot solve our ‘dumsor’ problem," Otiko said and added that the monies meant to buy crude oil and gas had been dissipated because of the ineptitude of the government. 'White Elephant' Otiko Djaba is at a loss as to why the government will sink several millions of dollars into the Circle road project, when the Nsawam road which links seven regions is in a deplorable condition. Describing the Circle project as a "misplaced priority" and a white elephant, the NPP Women's Organiser said the realisation of dreams should not be mere rhetoric. Concerning the upgrading of the Kumasi Airport, Otiko Djaba was scandalised that a whopping $27 million had been expended on the project. She did not understand why that amount should be invested in such a project when lesser amounts had been used to construct international airports in other countries. She called for an inquiry into that project. Rebuttal In a rebuttal, however, a member of the NDC, Abigail Akwambia Mensah, said the President had performed creditably in the first two years of his four-year tenure.