The country’s two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are both laying claim to the $51.5 million Wa Water project that was commission by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo some few days ago.
Whereas the NPP believe the project is their initiative under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, the NDC argues otherwise indicating that the sod for the project was cut under the tenure of the late President John Evans Atta Mills but main grounds work was executed by the administration John Dramani Mahama.
But the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda insists the project is the brainchild of the NPP stating that claims by the opposition party are untrue.
“This project started in 2008; a delegation including myself and current President Akufo went to the Far East and China to look for funds for this project.” He claimed
President Akufo-Addo as part of his two-day visit to the Upper West region, commissioned the $51.5 million project which was constructed with a facility from the Korean Exim Bank, to supply 3.3 million gallons of water per day to the 100,705 residents of Wa.
According to him, the project was begun “at the time of the great Ghanaian leader, John Agyekum Kufuor.”
The President noted that “it was in his (President Kufuor’s) time that the financing for this project was secured, as far back as 2008. But, unfortunately, after he left [office in 2008], it took five years under the NDC successor governments before the construction of the project began.”
President Akufo-Addo added that “God has his own way of doing things. A project that was begun by Kufuor is going to be commissioned by Akufo-Addo. That is the way the Almighty works.”
But the opposition NDC disagreed with the claims the project is the initiative of the NDC according to its upper West Regional Communications Officer, Issah Kantagyere.
“The project was jointly funded by the Korean Exim bank and the NDC Government to be constructed over a period of 36 months. Kolon Pyunghwa Limited of South Korea was the company that undertook the construction.
Prior to the Wa Water project, the NDC Government had secured a $5.8 million World Bank facility to improve the supply of water to Wa town and its environs which saw an increase of the ground water supply to about 700,000 gallons of water a day from the initial inadequate 300,000 gallons of water a day. All this were deliberate attempts made by the Ex while NDC government to replace the old water supply system which has been in existence since 1952”
He appealed to the President to credit the previous administration for the project which he commissioned merely because he came to put finishing touches to it indicating that the loan agreement for the project was adopted in Parliament on October 31, 2012 under John Mahama referring to the parliamentary hansard as his source.
“Our President has lied and this time in a more profound way. The speech writer of the president, Mr. Eugene Arhin in mind, should not be used as the scapegoat this time. The fact is that we have a president who simply doesn’t know the facts of his country’s development or he simply has an increasing and unflinching appetite for peddling falsehood, baseless, unwarranted, misguided and distorted truths to unduly favor his political linage”, he added.