The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Savannah region of Ghana is accusing the Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia of being a
known subject of public redicule in the area for his deceit of the traditional leaders and their subjects, coupled with the NPP’s unfulfilled promises in the Savannah region.
R. A Jalil, the NDC Savannah Regional communications officer said this whilst addressing a press conference at the party’s regional office in Damongo on Monday, 16th October, 2023.
R. A Jalil at the press conference stated ” it has become widely known that Dr. Bawumia has become a subject of ridicule in the Savannah region due to his tendency to deceive traditional leaders, women, and the youth in the region, coupled with his government’s
numerous unfulfilled promises”.
The NDC also accused Dr. Bawumia of failing to answer some ten (10) questions posed to him by the Savannah regional communications bureau of the party in the first week of October 2023. And disclosed that should Dr. Bawumia fails to respond, the party will take the necessary steps to “speak in a language that the NPP and its deceitful leaders understand best”.
R.A Jalil was flagged by the assistant regional secretary, Emmanuel Sadare, NDC Damongo constituency chairman Sulemana Abdulai, communications officer Mumuni Zambache Kiyoyo, organizer, Iddrisu Abdul-Rahman, women organizer Afishata Salia and a host of party leaders.
Read detailed press statement below.
PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSING TEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS
REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF THE SAVANNAH
REGION, SEEKING RESPONSES FROM BAWUMIA, AS STATED BY THE NDC
On behalf of the Regional Chairman Alhaji Seidu Moro and the Chairman of the Communication
Committee, Hon, John Abdulai Jinapor, I extend a warm welcome to everyone present. We are delighted to have NDC regional and constituency executives, passionate NDC supporters, members of the media, and esteemed guests joining us for this significant occasion.
It is an honor to welcome each one of you who has accepted the invitation extended by the NDC
Savannah Regional Communication Bureau to join us for this press conference.
I would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to the media houses present here, each of whom has graciously agreed to cover this event. We appreciate the presence of TV3, JoyNews,
CitiTv/CitiFM, Adom TV/FM, and the representative from Ghanaweb.
Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the dedicated teams from Nkilgi FM, transmitting live from Bole; Kasha FM, broadcasting from Damongo, the regional capital; Magyk FM, bringing live coverage from Salaga; and Jakpa FM, airing live from Buipe. Your live feeds from these locations greatly enhance the reach and impact of this event.
To our friends from the media, esteemed guests, ladies, and gentlemen, your presence here is
Ladies and Gentlemen, The need for today’s press conference arises from the economic
challenges imposed upon the residents of the Savannah region by the NPP government and its
Economic Management Team, led by Dr. Bawumia.
Within the Savannah region, the NDC has consistently highlighted the deteriorating living
standards resulting from the poorly conceived economic policies and social interventions of the NPP and Dr. Bawumia.
Recently, the NDC in the Savannah region extended a cordial invitation to Dr. Bawumia, urging
him to respond to ten pertinent questions.
Surprisingly, rather than tackling the ten vital questions regarding the development and welfare of the people in the Savannah region, Dr. Bawumia abandoned his responsibilities at the seat of government.
He utilized state resources and taxpayers’ money to concentrate on his campaign activities in the Savannah region, all in the name of canvassing for votes to become flagbearer of the divided New Patriotic Party.
Friends from the media, before we reecho the ten vital questions demanding urgent answers from
Dr. Bawumia, it is worthy to note that the presence of Dr. Bawumia in the Savannah region was
needless and only intensified the pain inflicted on the good people of the savannah region as a result of the abnormal and throat-cutting economic and social policies of the NPP government
spearheaded by Dr. Bawumia.
Noticeably, Dr. Bawumia initiated his regional tour in Buipe. Despite the distressing situation
faced by the recent flood victims in Central Gonja, specifically Buipe, Dr. Bawumia chose not to spare a few moments during his Buipe visit to express empathy towards the flood victims.
This inhumane decision of Dr. Bawumia was made despite the pleas for assistance from significant figures in the region, such as Jira Buipewura, who had specifically requested government support
prior to Dr. Bawumia’s arrival. Instead, Dr. Bawumia luxuriously drove through the principal streets of Buipe, recklessly met with his party members to seek votes, and irresponsibly departed from the town without dedicating even a brief moment of his visit to show solidarity with the distressed flood victims.
Another significant incident highlighting the unnecessary nature of Dr. Bawumia’s visit to the Savannah region was his arrogant refusal of the invitation extended by the King and Overlord of
the Gonja State to attend the annual Yagbon Damba. It is public knowledge that Dr. Bawumia’s decision to avoid the Yagbon Damba stemmed from his attempt to evade the ten pertinent questions raised by the NDC in the Savannah region.
Furthermore, it has become widely known
that Dr. Bawumia has become a subject of ridicule in the Savannah region due to his tendency to
deceive traditional leaders, women, and the youth in the region, coupled with his government’s
numerous unfulfilled promises.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to invoke the words attributed to the legendary reggae icon,
Bob Marley, and assert unequivocally to Dr. Bawumia that “He can run, but he cannot hide.”
It is crucial to emphasize that the 10 questions raised by the NDC, demanding Dr. Bawumia’s urgent attention and response, must be reiterated.
It has become evident from his needless regional tour in the Savannah region that once again, he
notoriously evaded providing answers to these questions, reinforcing the urgency of his response.
Question One: Where is the Damongo water project that Dr. Bawumia promised to the residents of Damongo in 2018, after he led the NPP government in terminating the contract signed by President Mahama, which aimed to provide a reliable and sustainable water supply to Damongo
and its surrounding areas?
Question Two: What happened to the Daboya Bridge that Dr. Bawumia pledged to the people of
the Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency in the North Gonja District?
Question Three: What has become of the regional house of chiefs’ complex that Dr. Bawumia ceremoniously initiated the construction of in 2020?
Question Four: Why has the construction of the Bususnu-Daboya road abandoned despite
funds being secured and made available by President Mahama for the project?
Question Five: Why has the NPP government neglected the Salaga-Makango road, turning it into a hazardous thoroughfare?
Question Six: After being in office for seven years, why has the NPP government neglected the maintenance of the Sawla-Fufulso road, which was originally constructed and inaugurated by
Question Seven: Why did the NPP government cancel the Memorandum of Understanding to
construct a Teacher Training College in Bole, a project initiated by President Mahama?
Question Eight: Why has the NPP government forced the people of Daboya-Mankarigu in the North Gonja District into the distressing situation of receiving medical attention and treatment
Question Nine: Why is the Buipe Shea Processing Factory not operational, even though it could have provided employment and an alternative livelihood for the people of Buipe?
Question Ten: What is the current state of the East Gonja Municipal Hospital, a facility
promised by Dr. Bawumia?
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, these questions underscore the urgent need for accountability
and transparency regarding the NPP government’s promises and actions in the Savannah region.
And it must be on record that if Dr. Bawumia fails once again to respond to these crucial issues
affecting the savannah region, the NDC in the savannah region will speak in a language that the NPP and its deceitful leaders understand best.
I thank you all for coming!
R. A Jalilu
Regional Communications Officer
Source: padfm.com.gh / Abdulai Zulkaninu / 0242381890