Former President John Dramani Mahama has said no government has “brazenly” displayed the practice of abandoning public projects initiated by previous governments in the country as the Akufo-Addo-led administration has done.
“We didn’t see it as brazenly in other governments. It is something that is with this particular [Akufo-Addo/Bawumia] government”, the former President said when he held discussions with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK and CPA UK in Accra on Friday, 28 January 2022.
According to the former president, the practice of abandoning public projects is an “affront to Ghana’s Constitution.”
Mr Mahama commended the UK Parliament and the CPA UK for their commitment to governmental accountability.
He, however, noted that Ghana has not reached “the height of democracy” that the UK epitomises, where members of parliament could look into the face of the head of government, call him out over a wrong action and get him to feel remorseful.
Members of the CPA UK are in Accra for a Trade and Security Workshop for the UK and African parliamentarians to explore how parliaments can address trade and security issues in the context of unexpected external events like COVID-19.
The delegation is led by the Cardiff South and Penarth Member of Parliament, Stephen Doughty, a representative of the Labour Party.
Other issues the delegation discussed with the former president include the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, affirmative action and the role of women in the growth of the economy, sub-regional security, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the worrying issue of abandoning projects started by previous governments