Former President John Dramani Mahama has come down hard today on the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper East region, saying government has abandoned the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakon Road because it believes the contractors in charge of the project are aligned with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“All the good projects that we started— the roads, the hospitals, the schools, the electricity, the water [so] if we come we would continue from where we left off— have been abandoned. Since I started going round I noticed that most of those projects have been abandoned.
“The roads we were working on whilst I was [President], they have come to a standstill. It is because government is reluctant to pay the contractors. They believe that the contractors are NDC contractors. Many of the big construction companies have laid off workers. It’s not only in banks. Look at those who are working on the Bolga-Bawku Road. Today, are they working? They’ve laid all the workers off,” he said as a crowd of party supporters sighed with grief.
The former President was speaking to party delegates Wednesday in the Talensi Constituency as he began a four-day tour of the region for his re-election bid as the NDC’s presidential candidate for the 2020 general elections.
“If you remember, in the Nyantakyi’s case. Nyantakyi said NDC contractors’ monies would rot. What did he mean by that? It means there is a certain suspicion in government that all the contractors who are working are supporters of NDC, so we won’t pay them. But when you don’t pay contractors you also stifle economic activities.
“Because it is when contractors are working that they are buying fuel, they are buying cement, they are buying iron rods, they are paying their workers, they are servicing their tipper trucks, they are paying SSNIT workers, they are hiring engineers. So, if you stop paying them and they park their vehicles, you can imagine the number of jobs you have lost through the construction of works not paid alone,” he added.