I was placed under investigation by the New Patriotic Party (NPP ) government under Nana Akuffo-Addo immediately they assumed office in January 2017.
Once in office, they set up audit teams and committees ostensibly to nail me or paint me as corrupt, former roads and highways Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has revealed.
The former minister said the NPP in opposition made Ghanaians to believe that the NDC was lying about road infrastructure it invested hugely in while in power.
"The NPP dug their grave and they will be buried in it by about 30 million Ghanaians who are going through very terrible roads on daily basis."
He said the people of Ghana, especially regions with appreciable bad road network will have to brace themselves to deal with worse roads in the coming years because the NPP government stopped all contractors in the road sector under the pretext of reviewing them.
The bad road network in Ghana will continue to worsen because most of the roads under construction were left with tarring but work on them was stopped by the NPP.
These roads, he explained, have gone through two raining season without being tarred making them worse.
"They are deteriorating on daily basis," he added.
The NPP Alhaji Inusah said thought the NDC was engaged in corruption in the road sector but reality has caught with them after audit committees found nothing wrong.
In Ghana, roads and highways ministry is considered one of the biggest and juicy. Persons appointed to the ministry are considered closed confidants of the appointing authority.
Speaking on Zaa Morning Show with Alhassan Yashawu Jahafo as special guest for 2018, the Tamale Central legislator said the NPP then in opposition was pretty sure that the previous NDC government was dishing out monies to its cronies through roads contracts.
However, their propaganda that hoodwinked Ghanaians into believing them in 2016 has been exposed and they are engaging in blame game now and shifting goal posts when it suits them.
Without sounding as a prophet of doom, Alhaji Inusah said the budgetary allocation to the ministry of roads and highways was not up 500 million cedis which is way below the ministry’s expenditure and instead of the government continuing ongoing projects, it decided to halt all contracts.
He wondered who misled the president when he told the people in Ashanti region that his government has secured 500 million cedis to improve roads infrastructure. How can this be possible, he quizzed when the whole budgetary allocation was not up to that amount.
Eastern corridor road controversy
The NDC government according to the former roads minister tarred lot 2 which starts from Asikum to Hohoe and Hohoe to Oti Damakun which is about 52 kilometers. The work he said was done by the Burkina Bi contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, the man whose ford car gift sparked a lot discussions and eventually became a political issue.
Work on the Yendi-Gushegu stretch through Bimbilla was ongoing but the NDC lost power, Alhaji Inusah further explained.
Before parliament rise, the president announced he was going for a loan from China Sinohydro Company.
Again, the contract with Engineering Procurement Reconstruction (EPC) which involves designing culverts drains and bridges. He could not fathom the government's position because all was part of the initial contract agreement.
The entire three regions of the north shared the loan 600 million dollars parliament had approved but it is not up to 10%. It is about 43 million cedis which is the cost of the Tamale overhead project.
Tamale-Karaga, Bolga-Bawku and Tumu–Wa roads are not part of the loan, he clarified.
Allegations of diverting alternative dam funds Eastern Corridor Road Project
He disputed claims by the NPP government then in opposition that the NDC used monies meant for the project for a different purpose.
He explained that the NDC went for a loan from the Brazilian government for the construction of mini hydro dam. The mini hydro dam was expected to generate 100 megawatts of power which could have used to offset the loan.
It was also to provide a multi-purpose agriculture system but unfortunately the money did not come before the World Bank gave the government a concessional loan of 2 million dollars to carry out feasibility studies along the Volta basin with the aim of establishing the volumes of annual water inflows from the Bagre Dam.These are facts and verifiable, he explained.
The government then, Alhaji Inusah said, decided to use the Brazilian loan for the construction of the eastern corridor.