Abeiku Adams, one of the leaders fighting for an airport and harbor in Cape Coast, says President Akufo-statements Addo’s that the NPP never promised the city a harbor have startled him and other people.
He remarked on Top Story that this is an admission that the party misled Cape Coast citizens before the election.
“It is truly startling, it is astonishing to hear such a contradiction from the President,” Mr. Adams added. For some of us, it highlights the flaws in our system and demonstrates how unintended Ghana’s governing structure is. It shows you that we’re willing to do anything for the sake of gaining political advantage.”
On an interview, President Akufo-Addo stated that the Cape Coast Habour infrastructure project was never included in the list of promises presented to him for his second term.
On Monday, he remarked on Cape Coast’s Eagle FM, “The commitment was never to a harbor; it was to a landing place.”
President Akufo-Addo justified his comments by citing Page 88 of the NPP’s 2020 Manifesto, titled Leadership of Service: Protecting our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All.
According to the paper, he detailed a handful of the Central Region locations, all of which he claims are in various states of completion for Phase One.
“Senya Berekum is 92 percent nearly 93 percent complete, Elmina is 13 percent complete, Moree is 78 percent complete, Winneba is 57 percent full, Gomoa Fetteh is 19 percent complete, and Mumford is 79 to 80 percent complete,” according to the list.
The President emphasized that the party had promised to build a landing site in its 2020 manifesto, which was set to be completed in 2022.
He went on to say that the landing locations mentioned by the President were not the only thing he promised the people of Cape Coast.
“We have a scenario where the ruling party promises to develop a harbor in Cape Coast, which is listed on page 160 of their platform. On page 88, you’ll see the landing locations that the President claims to represent the promise.”
“It’s not as though Cape Coasters are perplexed or misunderstand anything.” Both are in the document; one cannot be used in place of the other; it is just an attempt to mislead Cape Coast residents. He described it as “an acknowledgment that they lied to us.”
Following the President’s remarks, Mr. Adams stated that he does not believe the government would follow through on its commitment to developing an airport in Cape Coast.
He said that throughout the NPP’s five years in power, there has been no progress in Cape Coast.
“Everything has been done in order to win the election.” They established a common market in Cape Coast, but work has slowed down. They started building roads someplace near Elmina, and the contractor arrived less than a week after the election to park everything. Mr. Adams said, “So there is that type of distrust that politicians are instilling in the minds of Ghanaians.”