The President of Ghana, H.E Nana-Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, recently delivered his State of the Nation address on March 8th, 2023. During his address, the president stated that his government had completed several roads in Upper East Region from 2017-2023. However, it has now been discovered that some of these claims were entirely false.
According to the State of the Nation address and the government delivery tracker website, the three roads that were reportedly completed by the current government in Navrongo are the Kologo-Naaga Road, Mission Link (Catholic Church), and Cinema Road (Behind Navrongo Prisons). Investigations have revealed that these claims are entirely untrue.
The Kologo-Naaga Road, for instance, is still far from completion. On February 14th, 2023, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adongo, admitted on A1 Radio Daybreak Upper East show that funding has become a challenge, forcing the contractor to pause work. He said, “let me put it on record that the contractor for the Navrongo- Naaga road has never left the site. He has never left the site. The issue I know is about payments and what I know is that they are still at their camp. They have a camp there, so the people are there, the heavy equipment is there, everything is still there, and when they get the money, they will continue with the work. They have not abandoned the place, that is not it. The work is not going on but you know there are certain things that they do inside their camp. I don’t know what happens inside that will help them facilitate the work when finally they take off. So I cannot say nothing is going on.”
Additionally, the Mission Link (Catholic Church) road was completed in 2016 under the previous NDC government, while the Cinema Road (Behind Navrongo Prisons) has also remained untouched since its completion under the NDC government in 2016. These roads were awarded to Lesken by the NDC government and completed before the 2016 elections.
The revelation of false claims made by the President has caused a lot of disappointment and frustration among the people of Navrongo and Ghanaians at large. It highlights a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the government, and many have taken to social media to express their concerns.
It is crucial for the government to be truthful and transparent about the projects they undertake and complete. False claims, as seen in the case of the Navrongo roads, can only lead to a loss of trust and confidence in the government. The people of Ghana deserve better, and it is hoped that the government will take steps to rectify the situation and ensure that such false claims are not made in the future.