Roads and Highways Minister, Inusah Fuseini
has disagreed with suggestions by a colleague
minister that the opposition leader breached
the Constitution by presenting his version of
the State of the Nation address.
He said the flagbearer of the New Patriotic
Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
acted within the constitution in presenting
what he called the ‘real state of the nation’ in
response to the president’s State of The Nation Address presented to Parliament.
On March 2, the Deputy Finance Minister,
Cassiel Ato Forson said on Okay FM’s Morning
Show that there is nowhere in Ghana’s
Constitution which allows the opposition leader
to deliver his state of the nation address after
the President was through with his.
However, Mr. Fuseini said the ‘real state of the
nation address’ delivered by the NPP
flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, was an “exercise
of his Constitutional rights.”
According to him, Nana Akufo-Addo was
expected by his party to react to the
President’s State of the Nation address and
that his failure to do so could have got him
removed by his party as Presidential Candidate.
He explained President Mahama expected some
reaction from Ghanaians to his ‘evidence
based’ achievements saying the NPP’s reaction
was expected and proper.
He said Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech was
calculative and that it is a testament of the
nation’s growing democracy.z
Also, Mr. Fuseini said he is interested in
accountability, explaining that Nana Akufo-
Addo was held to task by the NDC.
Responding to the controversial Hohoe road,
Mr. Fuseini said the President did not say all
the roads had been constructed but rather
some of the roads had been done.
Contrary to some reports in the media, Mr.
Fuseini said the residents of the area did not
take him on.
He said any serious contractor should have
constructed the road within two months but
the contractor failed.
Mr. Fuseini said government officials in the
region failed to furnish his office and that of
the President with the true state of the roads.
He commended residents of Hohoe for drawing
the attention of the government to the true
state of the Hohoe road.
Source : ghanaweb