The Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey has urged the presidential candidate for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akuffo Addo to learn to speak the truth.
According to Fifi Kwetey, “Nana Akufo-Addo continuous to lie through his teeth [which] is quiet unfortunate” because he (Nana Akufo-Addo) promised free education at the senior high school level which he knows is not feasible.
He alleged that, Nana Addo is on record to have promised to change all slums in the country into decent accommodation, but this promised was not fulfilled during the NPP era.
He added that the NPP administration could not even complete just one of the affordable housing projects they started in their era.
The Deputy Finance Minister said this on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Friday.
Fifi Kwetey said it was unfortunate that ”Nana Akufo-Addo has not learnt from his mistakes of telling lies”, because he made similar mistakes which caused his defeat in the 2008 elections.
“Anytime I hear Nana Akufo-Addo making promises I just keep smiling and say this man will not learn,” Fifi Kwetey said.
“In 2008, you heard Nana Akufo-Addo on a campaign platform screaming virtually, ‘we are providing free education at the basic level, it’s free, it’s free’, yet every Tom, Dick and Harry in this country knew that Nana Akufo-Addo was lying through his teeth, because what he was talking about free, was deceptively capitations which amounted to twenty five (25) Pesewas per month,” the Deputy Minister stressed.
Commenting on the issue of government borrowing responsibly, Fifi Kwetey maintained that the ruling government’s decision to contract loans was a responsible one because it will help in completing developmental projects.
Fifi Kwetey hinted that the loans have started yielding results, with increases in rural electrification.
He argued that in less than three years into the Atta Mills-led administration, 18 rural electrification projects have been done, while only eight was completed in the NPP era.
He noted that every single loan facility has an agenda for it. This includes capacity building and rural electrification projects. Fifi Kwetey said the “country had reached a level where courageous politicians can speak the truth”.
In a sharp rebuttal, the MP for Dormaa West in the Brong Ahafo region, Kwaku Agyemang Manu denied that Nana Akufo-Addo made a promise on free education.
Mr. Agyemang Manu who is also the Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament said the NPP made social interventions like the School Feeding Program that helped in increase in school enrolment.
On the issue of government borrowing close to 10 billion Dollars in less than three years in office, Kwaku Agyemang Manu cautioned government against contracting more loans, but rather ensure that the loans secured already are utilized for the intended purpose.