Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has lambasted the Mahama-led government over the debt the nation owed Nigeria’s N-Gas and the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPco).
The Volta River Authority owes WAPco $103 million as well as $78 million being owed N-Gas and the other parties in the gas supply chain.
Gas supply to Ghana from Nigeria was expected to be cut by 70% last Friday due to the indebtedness but was deferred because of the Ghana Government’s intervention.
Government is said to have paid GH¢10 million out of the total debt owed.
Speaking at the International Conference of the NPP, at the NH Grand in Amsterdam, Nana Addo accused government of spending GH¢10 million on printing diaries, but struggled to even raise the same amount to defray its debts.
“I listen to the disillusionment of the average Ghanaian with politicians who promise them relief and end up bringing them grief when they get into office. I listen to the journalist who is saddened by the revelation that a government can spend $10 million to print presidential diaries. Yes, you heard me right: $10 million. And yet we are barely able to scrape together $10 million as a down payment on our debt to Nigeria for the supply of a truly essential product – gas,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo assured that he is committed to doing things differently when elected into office in 2016.
“We have shown both with our philosophy and our policy actions that ours is the party that believes in the wellbeing of the individual. We believe in enterprise because we know that when business thrives society benefits from the profits of enterprise,” he said.
He said his government will push for policies that will create more jobs, promote low taxes, ensure access to affordable and competitive credits and make investors feel comfortable on their investments.
“We will then create the hundreds of thousands of jobs that the young people of Ghana are yearning for… Ours is not to create, exploit and benefit from divisive politics. Ours is to sell equal hope to every Ghanaian. We are committed to a one, united Ghana because we believe in equality between ethnic groups; equality of rights and equality of responsibilities,” he added.