President John Mahama has said it is of no use for Ghanaians to have money in their pockets when there are no hospitals, good roads or clean water to spend that money on.
Speaking at the inauguration of the fourth Community Day Senior High School at Nyanoa-Kwaobaah in the Upper West Akyem district of the Eastern region on Thursday, Mr Mahama said those complaining of tough times are just doing politics.
“I can understand when people say things are tight. And I listened to a recording. History repeats itself. In Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s time, the same thing [happened]. They said things were tight, there’s no milk, no corned beef…but at the time Dr Nkrumah was building the Akosombo Dam, he was building Tema steel works, he was building VALCO to create jobs, he was building the shoe factories, he was building GIHOC distilleries, and … we drove him away in a coup d’état. The same people, who are complaining that things are tough, drove Nkrumah away. And Nkrumah said: ‘If I knew it was milk that you wanted, I would have connected the taps so that you can drink the milk’.
“In everybody’s life you make sacrifices for the things that are important. Times come when we have to squeeze ourselves a bit to do the precious things that we need in life. We cannot have money in our pockets when the roads are not good.
“What is the use of money in your pocket when you are sick and you can’t get a hospital to go and be cured? And so, sometimes when we are squeezing ourselves it is to do the things that are essential. It’s to put in place the social and economic infrastructure. When you have put in the social and economic infrastructure, then you can begin to put the money in your pocket. But what’s the use of the money in your pocket when you don’t have clean drinking water, you don’t have hospitals, you don’t have roads.
“And so, it is good politics to say things are hard, but the money that we are raising, we are using for things that will benefit this country, you cannot have jobs when you don’t have social infrastructure, and so we have spent these last four years investing in bringing the social infrastructure back up to scratch. And when I win the second term then we will start putting money in your pockets,” Mr Mahama said.