– Zongo Minister
The Zongo and Inner City Development Minister, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has said even though the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) was in opposition over the last eight years, he was not in opposition as a politician.
This is because his ‘brother’ former National Security advisor to President John Mahama, Baba Kamara, was always giving him financial support.
“I have never seen opposition. My party, NPP has seen opposition but not me. This is because when NDC was in power, I eat, I rely on my brother Kamara and he gave me money at my request. Today, I am in power, if he is in need he will call me. We are always in constant communication,” Abubakar Saddique told a gathering at Fadama, a Muslim community in Accra during GHone television’s one year anniversary broadcast.
Advising residents of Zongo not to allow themselves to be misled by politicians, the Madina lawmaker said “I want to tell you to do your politics well. Don’t let politicians deceive you. When you see us arguing, we aren’t fighting. When we are done we share a cup of tea before heading to our various destinations and you are here fighting”.
“Osafo-Maafo is in NPP, but his brother, Kumah Adjei Maafo is in NDC. Sherry Ayitey is NDC, but her elder brother, Professor Ayitey is NPP. NDC lawyer, Larry Adjetey is the son of NPP’s Peter Ala Adjetey. Samuel Jinapor is NPP his elder brother, John Jinapor is NDC, and then myself I am NPP, but my elder brother, Baba Kamara, is NDC so how can we fight?”
“We will never starve in my house. My party, the NPP, may have been in opposition but I was not. When the NDC was in power, I always got what I wanted from my brother Kamar and today when he needs anything, I will give to him. So think about this,” Alhaji Saddique told the people.
The Minister for Zongo and Inner City Development, also claimed that some monies allocated to the improvement of communities such as Old Fadama, were misappropriated, a reason for the ill state of such communities.
Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, who was then the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing said, he signed a loan of £73 million in 2007, to relocate the Zongo community at Old Fadama to a new settlement at Adjen Kotoku in Ga West Municipal District.
Describing the funds as ‘missing’, Alhaji Boniface, questioned what the money was used for, as it could not be identified with any project.
“In 2007, I signed a loan for £73 million to change this place and move the whole of this place to Adjen Kotoku… Where is the loan? We can’t trace it.”
The NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency, decried how the Korle Lagoon Restoration project initiated under the Kufuor administration, was sabotaged after the NDC government took over affairs of the country in 2009.
He said, “I even created a market in Ablekuma for the Komkombas to start before we finish with Adjen Kotoku. They politicized it. Today where are we? One step forward, five steps backward.”
The Minister argues that, the resettlement project would have alleviated congestion and the heavy traffic in town and present more job opportunities to the unemployed if it had not been stalled by the residents themselves and politicians.
He explains that, “I believe that by now all these cargos wouldn’t have come into the city. All cargos, articulator trucks coming from the North will just branch through Nsawam to Adjen Kotoku. Those coming from the southern sector like Takoradi, Cape Coast, Ivory Coast, at Kosoa there’s a bypass there going straight to Adjen Kotoku and to ease traffic in town,” he said.
He cautioned the residents to avoid working against government’s development agenda irrespective of their political differences as doing otherwise threatens national progress.