Former President John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has pledged to finish all pending projects, including those initiated by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, should he secure victory in the 2024 elections.
Speaking at the NDC Greater Accra Regional Zongo Caucus Stakeholders Forum in Accra on Saturday, September 16, 2023, Mahama emphasized his commitment to prudent resource management and continuity in governance.
“I'm making a promise that when we come, we will continue all abandoned projects. Even projects that this current NPP government does not finish, we will continue and finish because they are funded by taxpayers' money, so when you abandon them, you're wasting the money of Ghanaians,” he stated.
Mahama accused the current administration of neglecting key projects initiated during his presidency, particularly in Zongo communities. He lamented the abandonment of E-Block schools allocated to Zongo and Muslim communities, highlighting the NDC's contributions during their time in office.
“We have done a lot in our Zongos but we are not the type who come with a paper and read. Our people can see for themselves the work the NDC did when we were in office,” Mahama asserted.
The former President expressed gratitude for the support from Zongo communities and the Islamic fraternity, pledging to continue engaging with them to address their concerns and collaborate on development initiatives.
“We appreciate that support, and that's why anytime we come to power, we try to make sure that when we are sharing the National cake and development, the Zongos get their fair share,” he added.
Mahama also urged eligible citizens to participate in the ongoing limited voter registration, calling for a more inclusive process that respects the rights of all Ghanaians.
The forum, organized by the NDC Greater Accra Regional Zongo Caucus, aimed to foster social connections and community engagement among various Zongo and Muslim groups. Notable attendees included the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu.
Ismaila Ali Horoya, the NDC Greater Accra Regional Zongo Caucus Coordinator, stressed the need to harness the potential within these neighbourhoods and provide opportunities for Muslim youth.
Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore, the NDC Greater Accra Regional Chairman, urged unity within the party as they prepared for the upcoming elections, calling on all members to support the “Agenda 25” initiative with the goal of adding 500,000 votes to the party's total tally in the Greater Accra region.
Reporting by Leticia Osei. Editing by Mariam Aminu.