“For every LEAP beneficiary that allegedly now has ten pigs, I can point to ten hardworking individuals whose businesses have collapsed. For the 16 people bused to Parliament, we can fill the Ohene-Djan Stadium with thousands of the youth unemployed from Osu, La, Teshie etc. In fact, the President failed to present the group who really benefited from his government: Woyome, looters of SADA, GYEEDA and bus branding, amongst others.” — Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
The opposition leader made this statement Monday during his presentation of what he called the “Real State of the Nation Address” at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The address was in response to President Mahama’s SONA last Thursday in Parliament where he paraded some 16 individuals whom he claimed had benefited directly from his government’s social interventions.
Addo argued that the number of people hurt by Mahama’s policies outnumbers those helped by a thousand to one ratio. He suggested Mahama’s address at best shows how out of touch the president is with the lives of Ghanaians and at worst demonstrates a calculated effort to disguise the true state of the nation’s economy and society.
He wondered aloud why the President failed to mention the businesses leaving Ghana because of the harsh economic climate, the challenges with power and other infrastructure, corruption, etc.
Addo brought up a few of the biggest corruption scandals of the Mahama administration to highlight those who unquestionably have benefited during his time in office, albeit illegally.