The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, is challenging former President John Mahama to mention just one legacy he left for the North during his reign as President.
Dr. Bawumia threw the challenge when he joined the chiefs and people of Nandom Traditional Area to celebrate the 31st annual Kakube festival at Nandom in the Upper West region.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Bawumia questioned “John Mahama should tell Ghanaians one legacy that he left in Northern Ghana, just one when he was President for four and half years. What legacy did he leave?
“Is it the SADA that he left as a legacy for the North or it’s the Guinea fowls that he left for Northerners,” he rhetorically quizzed.
Dr. Bawumia noted that President Kwame Nkrumah left a legacy, Prime Minister Busia left a legacy, President Rawlings left a legacy, President Kufuor introduced the NHIS, free maternal health care, National School Feeding Programme, the LEAP Programme, Youth Employment Authority (YEA), Metro Mass amongst others.
“President Akufo- Addo has introduced the Planting for Food and Jobs, free SHS, One-Village One-Dam, Zongo Development Fund, Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ), One Constituency One Ambulance, One District One Factory, One District One Warehouse and the construction of the Pwalugu Dam will also start this year.
“In addition, the President has brought peace to Dagbon and created two new regions – Savannah and North East,” he said.
These, according to the Vice President, are legacies President Akufo-Addo will be leaving after his tenure as President.
“What legacies can former President Mahama point to?” he asked.
The “Kakube” festival is celebrated to mark the end of the farming season each year and to show appreciation to God for his guidance and protection during the farming season.
Since the festival historically takes its roots from agriculture, Dr Bawumia used the occasion to assess agricultural productivity in the three years of President Akufo-Addo’s government in the Nandom district to see the progress so far.