Policy and Education think tank Imani Africa has welcomed proposed debate by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on infrastructure achievements between their flagbearer former President John Mahama and President Akufo Addo.
According to the Founding President of the institution, a debate between the two leading candidates will help shift arguments from parties taking credit for projects to their significance as well as the resources involved and other broader issues.
He said, “There are very important questions that we also need answers to, the value for money asked questions and the resource envelope – where the money will be coming from for all these initiatives that the two parties have undertaken”.
The NDC flagbearer John Mahama on his four-day tour to the Volta region threw a challenge to President Akufo Addo for a debate on the records on infrastructure achievements following the government’s recent Town Hall meeting addressed by Vice President Dr. Bawumia on infrastructure built so far.
The debate was to settle, once and for all, whose government has done more for the nation especially in the area of infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the NPP’s National Organizer, Sammi Awuku has rubbished the former President’s call for a debate stating that the President doesn’t need a debate to explain to Ghanaians what his government has been able to achieve since he was sworn into office on January 7, 2017.
He said, “Ghanaians can see [the] infrastructure for themselves”.
However, Mr. Cudjoe expressing disappointments said it is unfair for the President’s spokespersons to reject the idea of a debate when he has not formally answered the request.
“The Akufo-Addo I know does not run from debates. I am sure if he is given the opportunity he will definitely do it”, he added.
He noted that his outfit is ever ready to host the duo whenever the President accepts the invitation from John Mahama.
He further urged Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to call John Mahama’s running mate Prof Naana Jane Opuku Agyemang to a similar debate.