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NDC VOODOO ROAD CONTRACTS: MAHAMA’S LIES ABOUT JASIKAN-DODO PEPESU ROAD EXPOSED

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Former President John Dramani Mahama, apparently intent on using any means to win back voters’ affections after his disappointing tenure, has resorted to lying to Ghanaians.

Former President John Dramani Mahama, apparently intent on using any means to win back voters’ affections after his disappointing tenure, has resorted to lying to Ghanaians.

The latest from the former President is the accusation that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is spending US$100 million on the second phase of the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road when in actual fact the project, which has been placed under phase one of the Sinohydro deal, has been allocated $45m under the NPP government.

In an interview with Citi FM’s Richard Sky, Mr Mahama, using the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road to justify his assertion that most of the roadworks started by his government have been frustrated by the NPP government, claimed that work on that stretch of road has been halted after the President gave an order.

Akufo-Addo “stopped work”

“Look at this Jasikan road the President went to recently. We awarded it on contract and the contractor was working. It was the President who came, Nana Akufo-Addo, 2017, after he came, and asked the contractor to stop work,” Mr Mahama said.

“It was a cocoa roads project and that Eastern Corridor road was supposed to be finished by the end of 2018. That whole stretch of Eastern Corridor road would have been completed. He came and stopped work on all those segments of the Eastern Corridor and left it …”

The former President accused the NPP government of paying more for the same quantum of roads than the cost at which his government awarded the contract.

“The cost today is higher. This 54 kilometres he has cut the sod for, one kilometre is going for one-point-something million dollars ‒ far higher than the award we gave.

The award we gave to Rolida was 40-something million, this award is 100-and-something million. And so, you’ve re-awarded it at a higher price than even the original contract sum that we had given.

“And so, 40-something million dollars and 100-and-something million dollars, there’s a gap of about $60 million. And so, you can’t say that the costs under me were higher because this is a clear example,” the former President said.

Facts

Our checks indicate that the Jasikan-Nkwanta section is within Lots 2 and 3 of National Route 2 (N2) with Lot 2 starting from Asikuma and ending at Poace Cement while Lot 3 begins at Poace Cement and ends at Nkwanta.

In March 2003, the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Roads and Highways represented by the Ghana Highway Authority, signed a contract with M/S Top International Engineering Corp to execute a portion 24, starting from Jasikan roundabout and running to Dodo Pepesu, called the reconstructed Jasikan-Brewenase trunk road (Kilometres 24 to 57).

Again, in 2012, the Ministry of Roads and Highways signed the section between Dodo Pepesu and Nkwanta, under contract number 2012/294-557 with M/S Umarou Kanazoe, to execute a distance of 46 kilometres at £25.91m ($32.7m).

Work on the Kilometre 12-32 section is 36 per cent complete, while that on Kilometre 2-12 is at zero.

No road to show

During one of his tours of the Oti Region, President Akufo-Addo accused the former President of not paying much attention to the roads in the country although he had boasted of massive road infrastructure as part of his legacy.

Speaking at a durbar held in his honour at Jasikan in May, President Akufo-Addo recounted how, in 2016, he had said he was yet to see the so-called “unprecedented infrastructural projects” touted by Mr Mahama.

“I stated, at the time, that wherever I have been to, I never saw these so-called unprecedented infrastructural projects he [Mr Mahama] claimed he had done. He [Mr Mahama] responded by telling me that I was asleep, the reason why I hadn’t seen these projects.

“However, there has not been a single durbar across the country where I have been where the issue of the poor road network has not been raised by the chiefs and people,” the President said.

He continued, “We, as political leaders, must always be truthful to Ghanaians. Lies, inaccuracies and misrepresentations should not be the hallmark of political leaders. I will not say I have done the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road when, indeed, it has not been constructed. I will never say such a thing.”