Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has questioned the development record of former President Mahama in the Upper East Region during the eight years he served at the Presidency, especially his four years as President.
Addressing a durbar of Chiefs and people of Mirigu in the Chiana-Paga Constituency during the first day of his tour of the Upper East Region, Dr. Bawumia said former President Mahama took advantage of the people of the north and challenged him to name a single development project his government undertook in the Upper East Region under the failed Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) initiative.
“The people of Upper East, I know you will recall that in 2008, former President Mahama came to this region and the north and told us we should vote for him because he was our northern brother. That we should vote for him because he was our northern brother.
“He went into office for eight years as Vice President and President. Can the Upper East tell us what exactly did John Mahama do for the Upper East Region for eight years?
“What legacy did John Mahama leave in the Upper East Region after eight years?”, Dr. Bawumia quizzed.
The vice president pointed out that “The signature development programme for the northern region was SADA. Upper East Region”, questioning “what are the projects that SADA left behind? Can you point to any project after $100m? Where are the projects? Of course we know about the guinea fowls that flew to Burkina Faso.”
Dr. Bawumia expressed disgust at the manner in which $100 million was misused by the Mahama administration at the expense of alleviating poverty in the north, as well as developing the northern part of the country.
“They did not do any project, they spent the money. You have money to help your people, to eliminate the poverty of your people and you engage in projects of guinea fowls flying to Burkina Faso.”