The President, John Dramani Mahama, has retorted his critics, who downplay his social intervention projects, which they say do not bring food to the table.
The commonly criticized project, has been road construction, which has incidentally been a trump card of the government.
Reacting to this criticism that ‘we don’t eat roads’, the President in an interview with Radio Savannah last Thursday in the Northern Region, pointed out to the contrary that, roads are literally food that could be eaten.
“Ultimately we eat roads,” President Mahama ,said in Tamale as part of his Accounting to the People tour, rejected the ‘blanket’ accusation, as he poked fun at critics. He explained that foods that are sold on the markets are brought there by vehicles that use these roads.
“If the roads are good we will be able to evacuate more food to the markets,” he said, adding that this can even influence the rate of inflation and enhance transportation with many indirect benefits.
He said, the construction of roads was equally important as building of hospitals, which are also not eaten, but take care of the sick in society to get well and contribute to the building of the nation.
Same can be said about schools that are being put up, he noted. “All these social intervention, they make this country a better place, and propel it to an era of prosperity,” President Mahama stated.
President Mahama, said his government was on course to asphalting all major roads in all parts of the country.
Mr. Mahama said: “We have democratised asphalt.”
He listed some of the road projects being asphalted as; Gambia Number 2 to Kyeremaso, Mim-Goaso, Akontombra-Sefwi Wiawso, Nkrankwanta-Adabokrom, among others.
Mr. Mahama added: “From Elubo coming to Dadieso and Enchi, we are engineering the roads there. We have done the Agona roads, we have done the gas enclave roads in the Nzema area. We are doing roads in all the major towns, we have democratised asphalt.
“Asphalt is not only in regional capitals today; in some of the district capitals, we are doing about 10 kilometres to 20 kilometres of asphalt overlay. We are doing it in Winneba, we are doing it in Swedru, we are doing it in Cape Coast, and we are doing it in so many communities all over.
“In Sunyani, we are engineering the outer ring road and the inner ring road and work is ongoing, by next year, they will be completed, so that it eases congestion in Sunyani.”
Mr. Mahama continued: “In Tamale, we are doing the asphalt overlay, we are doing more than 50 kilometres of asphalt overlay in Tamale. In Accra, we are doing 170 kilometres; in Tema…in Ashaiman, and so there is massive road work going on all over the country.
President Mahama, also has dismissed calls for him to comment on the recent Supreme Court ruling on the voters’ register, saying he has a lot of issues to handle, than to interfere in the work of the competent institutions.
“As a president I don’t interfere in the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Supreme Court, I have enough issues to deal with, without taking other people issues on my head and so you haven’t heard me comment on the voters’ register or the Supreme Court ruling, the two institutions are good enough to be able to handle the issues that confront them.
“We have an EC that is well respected and I believe that they will do the right thing… I believe these institutions know how to work things out, I have enough issues on my plate.”
The Supreme Court last week , directed the EC, to delete names of people who registered with NHIS cards, ahead of the 2012 general elections.
The order, followed weeks of interpretation controversy that rocked an initial judgment the court made regarding the voters’ register.
In the May 5, 2016 judgment, the court ordered the EC ,to expunge names of all persons who registered with NHIS cards, and offer them another opportunity to re-register.
The President is in the Northern Region as part of his ‘Accounting to the People Tour’. He is expected to cut sod for the commencement of a number of projects in the region.