John Dramani Mahama, the 2024 candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress, has criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo for choosing the contentious National Cathedral above the pioneering Saglemi Housing Project from 2016.
On Monday, August 7, 2023, the former president claimed that corruption was to blame for the Cathedral project’s failure in a post on his official Facebook page.
According to former President John Dramani Mahama, the decision by the Nana Addo Danqua-led NPP government to halt the completion of the Seglime housing project is a misplaced priority.
Mr. Mahama stated that it is unacceptable for Akufo-Addo to spend over half a billion cedis on a national cathedral project that has ultimately failed due to corruption and is now abandoned, yet refuse to commit funds to complete a housing project that will benefit thousands of Ghanaian families.
He said he knew the President would not touch the project because it was the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration that initiated it.
Knowing the NPP government, they did not want to complete the Saglemi housing project simply because it was initiated by John Mahama and an NDC administration, he said.
Leaders must always prioritise the well-being of their citizens and ensure that they benefit from government resources and projects, regardless of who initiated them.
The former president stated that the misplaced priorities of a government that claims it is unable to raise money to complete the Saglemi housing project and yet is willing to spend half a billion cedis on the largest civil excavation in Africa are a humiliating slap in the face of Ghanaians who entrusted Akufo Addo with their mandate.
His statement, which has generated social media buzz, ended that. Just think about the countless Ghanaian families who could have had decent living conditions over the past 7 years and the individuals who could have had a place to truly call home in Saglemi.