The NDC’s Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, Alhaj Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has chastised president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo and the NPP government for failing to fulfill the numerous promises made to Ghanaians prior to the 2016 general elections.
According to him, the NPP government under Nana Addo is yet delivering on the one million dollar per constituency promise. He described the promise as 419, stressing that in total $825million should have been given to the constituencies by now.
He added, as Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, he cannot tell the amount of money delivered/disbursed to his constituency adding that he should have been in the known if the initiative was to be implemented the way it was packaged to Ghanaians in the run up to the 2016 general elections.
“The intention of the $1milion per constituency was to go down and the second thing that he said was that these transfers will be without fail, every single year it will be without fail, many Ghanaians believe them and vote them into power, so the expectation is that each constituency by now should have receive $4million averagely even if you decide to use an average exchange rate of 5.5 over the period you would have expected that, each constituency would have received approximately GHS22millon thus GHS5.5million cedis approximately by four” he said.
Touching on the mode of disbursing the fund, he said the government needed not to establish any institution adding that, the monies should have been sent to the MMDAs just like the GetFund, common fund among others. Muntaka made this comment at the party’s press conference held on Monday June 1, 2020.
“Because of the argument of being direct, we have a lot of agencies of state that are already dealing with constituencies and in our parlance in our political landscape, anything thing that you mentioned constituency you either pass through the money through the MP or the MP is even copied just to know what is going on, as a Member of parliament for Asawase if you put gun on me i will not be able to tell how much of the money to Asakore Mampong Municipal Assembly or Asawase constituency” he added.
Meanwhile Hon Muntaka commended the government for delivering on the one constituency one ambulance initiative but expressed worry on the procurement process stressing that ministry of special initiative technically cannot procure ambulances for the ministry of health.
“Let me acknowledge that when they say they will provide 275 ambulances they were able to provide 307 that is commendable but let’s see how was it procured, you have the ministry of health and then you have some other ministries that decided that they were going to procure ambulances for ministry of health to use, ministry of health and its agencies and the ministry of special development initiative who have the technical capacity to be able to procure ambulances quicker,faster and very efficient ones” Muntaka noted.