During the 2023 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) debate in parliament on March 10, 2023, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Hon. Samuel Nartey George, strongly criticized the MP for Tema West constituency, Carlos Ahenkorah, over his claim that former president John Dramani Mahama did nothing during his tenure as president.
George dismissed Ahenkorah’s claim, citing several achievements of the previous administration, particularly in the security sector. He mentioned that under Mahama’s administration, the government provided accommodation for the military through loan agreements, commissioned the Ghana Naval Headquarters, commissioned security housing in Tema, and purchased fighter jets from China.
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George also accused Ahenkorah of being too busy chewing ballot papers in the chamber on January 8, which may have caused him to miss important developments during Mahama’s tenure.
The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, had earlier addressed parliament on March 7, 2023, stating that the country was heading in the right direction in terms of overall development, despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
However, the opposition minority claimed that Ghana has suffered and continues to suffer due to the incompetence of the current government.
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The SoNA debate highlighted the ongoing political polarization in Ghana, with opposing views on the performance of the previous and current administrations. Nevertheless, the exchange of ideas and criticisms is an essential aspect of democratic governance, as it provides an avenue for accountability and transparency.