Cutting sod to continue water treatment system in election year is a political ploy – South Tongu MP

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The Member of Parliament for the South Tongu Constituency Hon. Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s decision to cut sod for the commencement of work on the expansion of the existing water treatment systems in some part of the South Tongu is a political ploy than genuine effort to alleviate suffering of the beneficiary towns and villages.

In a statement issued by the Member of Parliament copied to the front deck of Coverghana.com.gh indicates that, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana was in Agordome in the South Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region to cut the sod for the commencement of work on the expansion of the existing water treatment systems constructed under H.E Jerry John Rawlings, to produce over 35,000m3/ day from 7.7,000m3/day.

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According to Hon. Kobena Woyome, the entire expansion project from its inception to feasibility studies and costing of same had the full support and approval of the National Democratic Congress government led by H.E John Dramani Mahama.

He further said, the initial approval by the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon  Collins Dauda of the project  was communicated by a letter with reference KS. 283/286/01 dated 15-04-2013, and received on same date by the Finance Ministry, to begin arrangement to secure funding within the conditions prevailing as proposed by LESSICO, the Israeli Company.

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Mr. Woyome noted that, at a point in the year 2015, the Chief of staff at the office of the president in a letter with reference SCR/A.26/21 dated 31st March 2015 addressed to both Togbe Tenge Dzokoto Gligui VI and Dumega Godwin Kwasi Anagbo, all of Anlo, being a response to their letter on behalf of the beneficiary communities. In this letter, Hon. Julius Debrah assured of the governments resolve to proceed to secure funding for the project.

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“When all was about set for the fund to be secured, the administration of John Dramani Mahama lost its  second term bid. It was the belief the current Government could have taken up the project in their first year or even in the second to get it through, but didn’t.” He explained.

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The South Tongu Lawmaker in the Ghanaian Parliament said, President Akufo-Addo’s plan is a political ploy to delay the project to this late period, election year in order to make appear the John Dramani Mahama’s government never played a significant role in bringing it to fruition.

“Unfortunately, I was expecting the President H.E Nana Akufo-Addo would do the noble thing by acknowledging the effort of his  predecessor. However, the people are already aware of these, therefore the little said on this, the better. I will use this opportunity to at least thank the president for continuing the project even though it appears more of a political ploy than genuine effort to alleviate suffering of the beneficiary towns and villages.” He said.

Find attached documents from the office of the then president and the and the ministry of finance. 

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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