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MAHAMA LIES EXPOSED - As Akufo-Addo clears his big debts


Still licking his wounds like a dazed fighter, former President John Dramani Mahama has cried foul over nothing, again exposing his lack of grips on issues of national interest.

Still licking his wounds like a dazed fighter, former President John Dramani Mahama has cried foul over nothing, again exposing his lack of grips on issues of national interest.


The exited President, who only days ago when hit hard by the Africawatch saga admitted he was in the same boat of improving education for the benefit of SHS students, has once again gotten it all wrong by alleging that the free Senior High School policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in September last year was putting strains on government budget.

Still believing he was on favourite soil even whilst he lost that constituency, Mahama, in a fit of jealousy, claimed that the NPP government was having challenges meeting some of its obligations as a result of the huge impact the Free SHS implementation is having on its finances.

“The problem this government is facing and it is in their own interest, is that, Free Senior High School is absorbing all the fiscal space they have and so almost every money you have, you are having to put it into Free Senior High School. So you can’t pay District Assemblies Common Fund, you can’t pay NHIS, you can’t pay GETFund , you can’t pay other salaries and things because all your money is going into Free Senior High School,” Mr Mahama made the ridiculous claim when he addressed a handful  of the NDC in Somanya in the Eastern Region to end an NDC Unity Walk campaign.

According to John Mahama, the NPP is also constrained finding cash meant for supporting and running activities at some state institutions, including the National Health Insurance Authority which he ran down and almost collapsed and the Ghana Education Trust Fund, also virtually grounded because his government abused funds meant to fund their operations.

This negative development, according to the former President, was the result of equally negative impact the policy is having on government revenue, following what he described as “rushed implementation” by the Akufo-Addo administration.

However, checks by the Daily Statesman revealed that the government was on course with the statutory payments.

We found out from the documents in our possession that government as at January had paid almost all the outstanding for last year.

The Akufo-Addo government had paid arrears of GHC600 million owed contractors as at February 2018.

As of last year alone, a total amount of GH1,001,331,630.18 had been disbursed to the District Assemblies Common Fund whist the National Health Insurance Levy had received an amount of GH1,115,375,298.57.

Government had also paid GHC557,683,447.28 to the GETFund.

It can be recalled that in January 17 this year, President Akufo-Addo at a media encounter, at the Flagstaff House to commemorate his 1-year in office gave the assurance he was paying contractors and clearing Mahama’s debts.

“I am being urged to pay contractors. I am paying them. In 2017, nearly GH¢1 billion (GOG – GH¢300,400,156.75; Road Fund- GH¢664,091,476.88) of the GH¢1.6 billion owed road contractors was cleared. In January this year, we have disbursed GH¢125 million out of the remainder of GH¢600 million to the contractors,” he said.

In his introductory remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government had paid GH¢826 million of the GH¢1.2 billion loan contracted by the previous administration, for which the Road Fund was used as collateral.

“It is important to note that all these debts were accrued under the previous administration. I will also point out that much of the statutory arrears, that we met, have been cleared, that is debts to the NHIS, the District Assembly Common fund, and the GETFund,” he said.