The Bono Regional Chairperson of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kwame Baffour Abronye, has asked Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu to question ex-president John Mahama and Seth Terkper on the whereabouts of the Chinese development loan meant for the Keta Sea Defense wall.
According to the NPP communicator, former president John Mahama received a Chinese development loan of USD 600 million as far back as 2014 which he promised would be used to build the defense wall but failed to do so.
In an interview on Angel FM’s Anopa Bofoↄ morning show, Abronye DC lambasted the National Democratic Congress and the minority caucus in parliament for failing to construct the defense wall only to turn around and mount pressure on government to include it in the 2022 budget.
He noted that John Mahama while addressing the Western Regional House of Chiefs on March 17, 2014, promised them that the three billion dollars from China government would be used for developmental projects including the Western Corridor infrastructure renewal projects such as the Takoradi -Kumasi Road, Dunkwa -Awaso railway line, Takoradi Port phase one and the Sekondi free zone project.
The other projects promised by the ex-president included the coastal fishing and landing sites redevelopment projects to cover Axim, Elmina, Winneba, Senya Breku, Jamestown, Teshie, Ada and Keta.
We had the opportunity to use the country’s name to receive the remaining 600 million Chinese development loan and John Mahama promised to build the Keta Defense wall so what happened, he said in the Twi parlance.
Defending the e-levy, he added that no government can ran a country without collecting taxes.
He said that government would raise about eight billion from the electronic transaction tax to support the economy which is a better alternative compared to borrowing with its attendant high interest rates.