Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed shock over a claim by the Akufo-Addo government that the 2017 allocation of $1 million per constituency per year expired with the budget of December 2017.
Responding to a question posed on the floor of Parliament by the Member of Parliament for Mion Constituency, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, when government would release a total of $275 million for the programme, the Minister for Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the money technically expired with the budget in 2017 as the structure needed to implement the programme was not available.
But Mr Mahama is wondering how a million dollars per constituency meant for the development as promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections could expire.
As part of his three-day campaign of the Upper East Region, the former president expressed shock when he addressed delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga East Constituency of the Upper East Region.
“Have you ever seen one million dollars expiring?” he wondered, adding: “I am aware that rice has expiry date, oil has expiry date and other commodities but one million dollars has no expiry date”.
Mr Mahama pointed out that with two months left for the year to end, time is running out for that allocation to also expire.
He said Ghanaians have now seen through the lies and deceit of the NPP, noting that such lies and deceit could shake the faith of Ghanaians in the democratic system.
Mr Mahama called for unity within the NDC following the elections of new executives at the constituency and regional levels, and promised to work hard to reduce the high cost of living in the country when he returns to power.