Failure to address needs of Northerners responsible for Mahama’s defeat – Hajia Alima

Failure to address needs of Northerners responsible for Mahama’s defeat – Hajia Alima
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers
Date: 13-12-2016 Time: 09:12:30:pm

A former Gender Minister says President John Mahama performed poorly in the three regions of the North because he failed to attend to the needs of the people.

Hajia Alima Mahama says it is difficult for residents of the Regions to afford little luxuries of life despite claims of extraordinary achievements by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

"I went to so many communities and they will tell me your government did this but when you left office nothing has been done.

"There was no single infrastructure. I know it is difficult to build bridges, but do something," she told Joy FM's Seth Kwame Boateng in an interview Tuesday.

The defeat of the NDC in last Wednesday's presidential poll has been on political discussion tables since the start of the week.

Several analyses have been proffered for the failure of President Mahama to garner enough votes in the poll.

New Patriotic Party (NPP), Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo polled 5, 716,026 of the valid votes representing 53.85 percent while President Mahama recorded 4,713,277 which was 44.40 of the total votes.

Hajia Alima Mahama

NDC supporters have been blaming the party's functionaries for the President's defeat with some claiming the President's attention was not drawn to the reality on the ground. 

Hajia Mahama formerly the Member of Parliament for Gambaga Nalerigu in the Northern Region said contrary to reports of infrastructural development, the NDC government has underperformed across the country.

“I come from a poor district there is still a lot more to do like road infrastructure and bridges to make the place accessible," she said, adding in many of the communities she visited in her region they do not even have Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound.

She, however, entreated President-elect to endeavor to provide the basic needs of Ghanaians especially access to portable drinking water.

Hajia Alima believes Nana Akufo-Addo should focus on job creation in his first 100 days as leader of the country.

"It is obvious that the youth won the election for us," she said, adding if the NPP is able to implement the famous one-district, one-factory policy there would jobs in the country.

"This process of job creation is a continuous programme and definitely we have to put agriculture back on track," she said.

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