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Akufo-Addo has nothing to show for GHS154 billion debt, says Mahama

Former president, John Mahama, reiterates the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had been reckless in borrowing and utilisation of funds

The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of superintending over the borrowing of more money in four years than the country had borrowed since independence.

He said while the country had accumulated a total debt stock of GHS122 billion between 1957 and 2016, when he left office, President Akufo-Addo had added about GHS154 billion to the public debt in just four years.

He said beyond the debt accumulations being high, the President and the governing party had virtually nothing to show for the increased fiscal burden that he has imposed on the economy through the debts.

Addressing party supporters in a number of constituencies in the Northern Region as part of his campaign tour, Mahama said the government had been reckless in the borrowing and utilisation of funds.

He challenged the government to show proof to Ghanaians of how it utilised the borrowed funds, stating that unlike his tenure, which was replete with visible and verifiable infrastructure projects, President Akufo-Addo has resorted to “throwing figures around” on what he had done.

He mentioned the construction of the Upper East and the Upper West Regional Hospitals, the expansion of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, the construction of some of the 200 E-blocks for Senior High Schools and other health infrastructure projects across the country as evidence of how his government utilised the GHS 56 billion it borrowed.

Mr Mahama said the next NDC administration will institute concrete measures, including Operation Sting, to fight corruption.

He therefore entreated electorates to vote for him and NDC parliamentary candidates in the December 7, 2020 general elections to enable him work hard to provide jobs, implement Free Primary Healthcare and state-sponsored National Apprenticeship Programme to empower the youth with employable skills.

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