NPP To Hold Counter Press Conference After NDC’s “True State Of Nation”
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is scheduled to hold a press conference after the opposition National Democratic Congress’ Monday presser where it accused the government of scam and corruption.
Details of the counter press conference will be communicated later, the party said.
The NDC at the press conference, among other things accused the government of corruption and reneging on a lot of the promises it made to Ghanaians.
It said the government is using the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war as a cover-up for its incompetence and mismanagement.
Speaking at the press conference dubbed the “True State of the Nation”, the National Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the government made an unprecedented windfall of GHC30 billion from Covid-19 aside from the Covid levy.
“According to the Auditor-General, only 11.7% of this amount (COVID fund) was spent on Covid-19 with a remainder of about GH₵18 billion being channelled into so-called budget support.”
He said the government channelled the GHC₵18 billion into election-related activities.
“The Covid-19 pandemic affected all countries in the world, including our next-door neighbours. Whereas these countries managed their resources prudently, thereby recording a deficit below 8% and a debt-to-GDP ratio below 65%, this government borrowed excessively and spent recklessly for election purposes. Thereby, recording a disastrous deficit of 15.7% and debt to GDP ratio of about 80% in 2020.”
In a press release, the ruling party described the press conference as a campaign platform and propaganda-filled.
“The NDC turned the press conference into a campaign platform, peddling blatant falsehoods, unsubstantiated allegations and unprovoked attacks at the persons of the President, Vice President and the entire government of the NPP.”
The General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong, in the statement said it will hold a press conference on a yet-to-be-disclosed date where it will respond to the allegations with “incontrovertible facts and data”.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini