The Spokesperson for the presidential nominee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has lambasted President John Dramani Mahama saying he thinks governing the country is all about Facebooking.
He added that, the President only thinks taking pictures and posting them on Facebook and celebrating one million likes on the social networking site like he did last time, whereas critical issues affecting Ghanaians are left unattended to is governing.
Mr Hamid’s comments are reactions he made to Mr Mahama’s description of Nana Akufo-Addo’s ‘one-village-one-dam’ campaign promise as outmoded.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday September 6 hosted by Paul Adom Okyere, Mr Mahama said that, “what we call a dam in the north is a dugout and every village has a dugout, it’s a pond. We used to drink from it in the north when there was no water. But now that most of the communities have water, the dug-outs are used for livestock watering.”
Apart from the ‘1 village, 1 dam’ policy, Nana Akufo-Addo has also promised to build a factory in all 216 districts in the country. But Mr Mahama has rubbished that one as well. “In the free school programme, when you came down to the figures and the nitty-gritty, he found it very difficult to explain. It is the same thing that is happening here. You just throw out a promise that is yesterday’s campaigning in those days, my father’s time. You just throw out something and people just pick it: ‘one village, one dam’. They don’t know if it is a dug-out or a barrage dam or a proper irrigation dam, they don’t know.
But then just that you say ‘one village, one dam’, ‘one village, one factory’, what kind of factory? Is it a car assembling plant? Is it the kind of factories that we know? Is it electronic appliances, textiles and garments or small and medium enterprises? If it is small that is happening already. If you talk about those factories, people’s perceptions of factories differ. He has to clarify,” he said.
“This thing about one factory per district came up under the rural enterprise project. It’s not a new idea; it’s a very old idea. If you are talking about small and medium enterprises, like gari-making factories, small processing companies, and the use of gratis machines; that is happening already. So the promises are not new.”
But speaking on Accra News, Mr Hamid said President Mahama has now reduced governance to issues that do not matter to the ordinary Ghanaian but rather focusing his time and energy on social media.
He said the President thinks governance is about hitting a one million likes on Facebook as well as taking Usain Bolt-styled pictures and uploading them on Facebook saying those things do not matter to Ghanaians, they do not put food on the table of Ghanaians and they do not solve the unemployment and health menace in the country.
By: Samuel Opoku Brown