The peoples’ assembly concept by the Kufuor administration, where the president availed himself for questioning by the citizenry, was frowned upon by candidate Atta-Mills and his cohorts.
Yet, a pseudo town hall meeting was organized in Tamale by the NDC, and Atta Mills decided to cocoon himself in Accra with no explanation as to why he could not master the courage to be there to face the ordinary Ghanaian, on whom, he and his followers have perpetuated such a massive fraud by way of useless and hopeless campaign promises.
Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa held a press conference in September’09, to tell us about what their visionless administration has ‘achieved’ since its inception. He said at the press conference that his government had approved the construction of two fishing harbours and 12 landing sites. This turned out to be a complete lie since the said project was not only spearheaded by the Kufuor administration, but the funding arrangements were, as well, facilitated by the defunct fisheries ministry led by Mrs. Gladys Asmah.
Mrs. Asmah actually produced documents to establish the fact that the NPP government commenced the funding process by initiating talks with the Chinese government and finally settled on the Italians who accepted the terms and advised the fisheries ministry to start piling rocks at the site.
Okudzeto Ablakwa said as part of NDC government’s interventions to tackle post harvest losses intends, to build six cold stores with a €7million loan facility from the Spanish government. On this, Mrs. Asmah revealed that the money for the construction of the said cold stores was a Spanish grant approved in parliament in 2005 and the contract was actually signed by her in 2006.
Again, Okudzeto Ablakwa, without giving credit to the Kufuor administration, said that to be able to patrol our marine domain effectively, two out of six patrol boats for the Ghana Navy are expected in December to augment their fleet. On this also, Mrs. Asmah revealed that it was rather her who went to Israel for these boats. She said two of these boats are coming from Britain and the other four are coming from Israel and China respectively.
After Mrs. Asmah had exposed these lies of Okudzato Ablakwa, numerous attempts were made to reach him for his reaction but he went and hid under his ‘mother’s bed’, with his tail between his legs, and refused to answer his phone. (The new crusading guide, pg 3, 17/9/9).
On the issue of NDC purchasing a presidential jet, Okudzeto Ablakwa said on Oman-fm that there was absolutely no truth in that story, according to the briefing he had had from the castle. Just a few minutes after he had lied through that nice dental formula of his, the chief of defense staff came to confirm the story.
And at long last, the NDC government gave an approval for the purchase of the presidential jet that was described by the NDC, at the time, as an act of utter genocide against the ‘suffering’ masses of our people.
Indeed, the Jet actually landed, finally, on Ghanaian soil at exactly 5pm on 30th September, 2010. The question therefore is; is every Ghanaian, today, able to afford a decent accommodation, three square-meals a day, quality, free and readily accessible health care, free education, potable water and so on to justify this acquisition?
‘Massa’ Kwesi Pratt, indeed, painted a very sad picture of himself and a deep dent on his image as an ‘nkwan deewa’ senior journalist, with his shameful verbal acrobatics on 23rd April, 2010 edition of ‘Peace Fm’ morning show.
Kwesi openly condemned the decision of Kufuor to purchase the presidential jet on the ground that the jet was custom-made and it has a massaging bed and other luxurious fittings and it takes a selfish and heartless person like Kufuor to order such a piece of equipment in the mist of ‘grinding poverty’.
Kwesi Pratt actually asked Ghanaians, on Radio Gold, to go and check on the internet and see for themselves, how sophisticated the jet is. At no point did Kwesi ever say he was against the purchase because he also opposed it under the Rawlings administration.
Therefore, Kwesi’s pronouncement on that edition of Peace-Fm ‘kokrokoo’ programme was a complete lie and this gives credence to the fact that Kwesi Pratt is someone who is extremely inconsistent in his arguments, but, very much consistent with his shameless verbal acrobatics.
The Jubilee house, described by Atta Mills as “an impressive edifice”, when he was taken on a tour of the place, was put up by the Kufuor administration with an amount of about $80million.But today, the NDC government, that professes to be allergic to profligate expenditure, is requesting for $50million to just clear weeds and mount a ‘security tent’ around the edifice, as was proclaimed by Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa in one of his now too familiar ‘nonsensical-ablakwanomics’.
The question, therefore, is; is this level of shameless hypocrisy and daylight-dishonesty being exhibited by these pseudo-social-democrats not simply frightening?!!!
Justice Abeeku Newton-Offei
E-mail: justnoff@yahoo. com