The Vice President has reaffirmed the commitment of the Akufo-Addo government to develop the five regions of the North.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia stated that unlike former President Mahama who wasted $100 million under the guise of developing Northern Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated his commitment to the development of the north with several visible projects throughout the regions of the North, particularly the Upper East Region.
The vice president said these when he addressed a durbar of Chiefs and people of Mirigu in the Chiana-Paga Constituency in the first day of his tour of the Upper East Region.
“Akufo-Addo’s vision is a different vision. With Akufo-Addo, you have your other brother, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as Vice President and we are delivering.
“So far in Upper East alone, we are doing 1488 projects and we have completed 688 projects in 4 years. We have begun the biggest investment in northern Ghana since independence, which is the Pwalugu Dam.
“In addition to infrastructure the NPP has introduced planting for food and jobs to boost agriculture, one district one factory, one village one dam, one constituency one ambulance, NABCO, restoration of teacher and nursing training allowances, free senior high school education which have impacted positively on the lives of the people of the upper east region. Does the NDC under John Mahama have any comparable policies during their 8 years in office?
“In John Mahama’s eight years, not one road was completed in the whole of the Upper East Region. In eight years, they did not complete one road. Today, we are virtually done with Bolga-Bawku road amongst others in under four years”.
Mahama’s monumental failure
Exposing what he described as Mr Mahama’s “monumental” failure to develop the upper east region, Dr. Bawumia wondered how the former President has the guts ask for the people of the Upper East Region to vote for him again.
“Is this the same John Mahama who wants to come back to be President of this country after the poor record of development of the upper east region?”
“His record was a monumental failure of development. And so we don’t want a return; we are taking a step forward already with Nana Akufo-Addo.”
“Let’s keep going forward; we don’t want to go backward. So If you vote for number one, you take one step forward; number two is two steps backward.
“Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated without any doubt that the upper east has seen and will see more development under his leadership”, Vice President Bawumia stated.