12 July 2012

Ghana: Mills Has Ignored Central Region - Daniel Nonor

When the people of the Central Region rallied support for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the simple reason that its leader, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, is a son of the land, and was best placed to drive the development of the region, little did they know that their worst disappointment was underway.

Nearly four years into the Mills-led NDC government, the people of the Central Region, who fell for the popular "Adze wo fie a, oye" mantra, which was well propagated by the then candidate Mills, have been counting their disappointments and regrets.

According to Alfred Kojo Thompson, Cape Coast parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the only portion of development the region has received from the current government, has been "propaganda and absolute disappointment."

He was addressing a news conference in Cape Coast on the "lackadaisical manner with which the Atta Mills led-NDC government had addressed the development issues of the Central Region...".

He argued that one would have thought that the region, which was made to understand that 'adze wo fie a, oye' in the 2008 electioneering campaign, would have witnessed unprecedented development projects under the Atta Mills' presidency, but the irony is that the level of disappointment in the home region of the president is an adequate chip of the disappointing national picture.

He recounted that on January 17, 2012, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Cape Coast, Anthony Agyir-Aikins, announced at a press conference that he had secured a contract in China for the construction of the Cape Coast Market, and therefore, the people of Cape Coast were going to have modern market complex in 2012.

"Surprisingly, on the 28th of January, 2012, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast, Mr. Ebo Barton-Odro, contradicted the MCE, and said that there was nothing before parliament, when a local radio station, Atlantic FM, sought confirmation of the MCE's statement, from the MP.

A few weeks later, the NDC government was further exposed, when in March this year, the dysfunctional Director of Communications at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, in an interview to Hot FM in Accra about the Cape Coast Market, said it was not a promise of the Mills-Mahama administration to build a market at Cape Coast, instead the government intended to undertake renovation works. The question is who is telling the truth? The MCE, the MP or Koku Anyidoho?" he queried.

He further disclosed that the erstwhile NPP government, in early January, 2009, bequeathed to the Atta Mills-NDC government a whopping US$ 155 million, which was part of the US$ 750 million EUROBOND.

Out of this US$ 155 million, US$4 million was meant for the Cape Coast Kotokuraba Market, $4 million for the Mankessim Market and another US$4 million for the Bawjiase Market.

The Central Regional Branch of the NPP is questioning the Atta Mills-led NDC government on why Cape Coast had not seen a single modern market since 2009.

"We would like the NDC government to tell us why no modern market complex has sprung up in any of these areas within the Central Region since 2009, though money was made available by the Kufuor government in 2009."

The group further contended that the people of the region had been given a raw deal in terms of failed promises by the Mills led administration, and has called on the people of the region to vote out the NDC and give the NPP and Nana Addo a chance to drive the development of the country.

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