Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama wants the government to publish the audit report on cocoa roads.
Addressing locals at Bopa as part of his tour of the Western North Region, the former President said the sudden construction of roads with some few months to election is a ruse asking the government to produce the said report.
“They abandoned the projects because of sabotage and politics. Because they realized we are close to elections, they have started work on the roads again. I want to know where the audit report is. I am here at Bopa asking the NPP government to publish the audit reports on cocoa roads for everyone to see.”
“The laws of Ghana indicate that if a government starts a project and loses the elections, it is incumbent on the next government to continue with the projects. But this is not what we are seeing. When the NDC was voted out of power, there were a lot of contractors working on projects, but when this government took over, they halted all of them, saying it was auditing them. It has been four years now and I believe that even if it was the Bible we were reading, we would have covered from Genesis to Revelations by now,” he added.
The Cocoa road project which began under the erstwhile John Mahama administration was suspended in July 2017 by the COCOBOD under the Akufo-Addo led NPP government, over discrepancies and financial irregularities in the awards of some of the contracts.
The Mahama administration was among other things, accused of awarding over 230 different road contracts to the tune of GHC3.5 billion under the project, an action that had dire consequences on the financial muscle of COCOBOD.