The President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo broke his long overdue silence on Former President John Dramani Mahama’s tribal comments and described it as distasteful. He further expressed worry over name calling and tribalistic comments in Ghana politics in the run up to the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Addressing the Catholic Bishops Conference over comments made by former President John Dramani Mahama about some elements of New Patriotic Party government who are championing the Agyapa Mineral Royalties Agreement, President Akufo-Addo said;
“This name calling and insulting, seems to be a feature of Ghanaians public lives which is….. But sometimes, we would hope that, when things come up, people will comment on them.. The comment made by my opponent “Akyem Sakawa People” I have never heard any public figure, an independent person in this country, and yourself comment on that, it’s completely unacceptable. If l were to get up and make a comment about the Northerners or the Gonjas, you could imagine the …. that will be in this country. A presidential candidate, a former president of Ghana, you can called a group of Ghanaians ” Sakawa People ” and it involves the group which the seating president comes? And that statement goes without comments? And the same time we hear this statements, let’s try and bring the politics of insult to …….. Occasions are given where specific comments can be made. Nothing happens and it’s lost, and it’s lost in the air… We need to focus on this matter in an even handled ways ….. I get the impression that, because of the unfortunate ways ……” He explained.
The Agyapa Mineral Royalties Agreement initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government is generating an endless debates in the media space among a section of Ghanaians most especially the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In the wake of the wake, the Member of Parliament for the Bolgatanga Central Constituency Honourable Isaac Adongo pulled out a ‘tie gas’ article titled “Agyapa Royalties fraud is the last straw: The Akyem Sakawa Boys and Grandpas must go” went viral and captured the public attention at the time the former president John Dramani Mahama shared the post on his official Facebook wall.
The former President John Dramani Mahama in his earlier statement expressed disappointment and dismay in the agreement and vowed to terminate the deal when he gets elected into office in the December 2020 polls.
According to the National Democratic Congress, the Agyapa Royalties deal is a big fraud on Ghana by President Akufo-Addo and his Akyem Mafia.
Read below the full statement written by Isaac Adongo and shared by former president John Dramani Mahama
You mortgaged Getfund proceeds in excess of GH¢25 billion for the next 10 years to borrow $1.5 billion and yet you could not expand educational infrastructure and build new schools to end double track;
You mortgaged bauxite burried on the ground to Sinohydro to borrow $2 billion but has nothing to show after almost 2 years;
You mortgaged ESLA proceeds for the next 10 years, in excess of GH¢30 billion in 10 years to raise energy sector bonds of about $1.3 billion and yet energy sector debts remain unpaid and you have since accumulated over $2 billion additional energy sector debt with power producers threatening to shut their power plants.
You have exhausted the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in which your predecessor JM left you $270 million.
You have frittered away the Ghana Exim funds, doling it out to your in-law to invest in a hotel.
In addition to borrowing $9 billion in 3 years in Eurobonds alone and illegally borrowing $500 million term bonds in February 2020, on the capital market, without Parliamentary approval in violation of Article 181 of the Constitution, all without anything to show. What magic can you perform with $500m Agyapa theft money?
How can Akufo-Addo mortgage revenues of about GH¢75 billion of the state for his maladministration to steal without caring about how his children and grandchildren will manage the economy into the future?
No wicked man has ever ruled this country and destroyed Ghana’s fiscal and debt framework the way Akufo-Addo and the empty-lying Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia have done.
It is estimated by industry players that only 11 major mining companies in Ghana will give Ghana an average of $250 million a year, $3 billion in 10 years and $4.250 billion in 15 years in royalty payments being planned to hand over to Agyapa Royalties for just $500m.
These estimates exclude new mining developments that will come onstream in the next 15 years such as the highly profitable Namdini Mining Development in the Upper East by Cardinal Resources. How did they value $4.250 billion in 15 years to arrive at $500m as 49% of that value.
You can’t put Lions in charge of sheep and expect to come back and meet the sheep alive. They will end up selling us to borrow to satisfy their insatiable corrupt habits if they are allowed one more year in office.
By Hon. Isaac Adongo
MP for Bolgatanga Central
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