The Ashanti regional branch of the National Democratic Congress has taken swipe at the Roads and Highway Minister, Amoako Attah over what they term as propaganda and unwarranted claims on roads infrastructure in the region.
At a press briefing at the regional headquarters, Communications director for the party, Abass Nurudeen said the minister ‘peddled a perfidious lie’ which should be treated with all the contempt it deserves.
The party said the Mills-Mahama administration alone constructed more than 400km stretch of roads within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area; adding that nothing has been done on roads in Kumasi by successive government between 1984-1989.
Mr Amoako Attah during a two-day working visit to the region expressed worry over bad roads in Ashanti, assuring that it is one of the topmost priority of the President.
But in a sharp response the NDC said all roads currently started in Kumasi are Mahama roads which were awarded to contract before exiting power.
‘The minister must come clear and indicate which of the roads both constructed and under construction were started by the Akufo-Addo administration. Absolutely nothing has been done by the president in terms of roads. Yet they want to claim all the credit. Promising heaven on earth. The Akufo-Addo government has lost touch with reality and the roads Minister is also deceiving him.’
Meanwhile, residents in the Ashanti region are mounting pressure on government to fix deplorable roads in the region. There has been series of demonstration last year which prompted government to declare year 2020 as ‘Year of roads’.
However, the NDC say ‘clearly the roads minister was being mischievous just to conceal the good works president Mahama in the Ashanti region in the wake of mounting criticism of the Akufo-Addo government for failing to do anything in the area of roads as far as the Ashanti Region is concerned.’