Residents of Cape Coast who have been hoping for a new harbour to be built since the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) gained re-election in 2020 may have their aspirations shattered.
That infrastructure project, according to President Akufo-Addo, was never on the list of pledges presented to him for his second term.
On Monday, he added on Cape Coast’s Eagle FM, “The commitment was never to a harbour; it was to a landing site.”
It was the first stop on a two-day tour of the Central Region as part of his annual working visits to all 16 areas of the country.
President Akufo-Addo justified his statement by citing Page 88 of the NPP’s 2020 Manifesto, titled Leadership of Service: Protecting our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All.
According to the document, he identified a couple of the Central Region sites, all of which he claims are in various states of completion for Phase One.
Watch Video of Vice President Bawumia making the promise below.
“I never said I was going to build a harbour in Cape Coast. I said I was going to build a landing site like what I’ve done in these six other places in the Central Region. Cape Coast will also have its landing site, and the construction of that will start next year.”
However, Myjoyonline.com’s perusal of the policy 2020 manifesto uncovered a paragraph that may be the basis of the region’s aspiration over a harbour that they believe would have improved the fortunes of the town’s coastal communities.
Page 160 of the document highlights some infrastructure development to be expected when the NPP secures power in the general elections.
What do you think of this issue? Miscommunication or fake promise to gain political votes?