March 1, 2012

The Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akomea, has described President Mills visit to three markets in Accra on Tuesday as a populist act to score cheap political points.

President Mills paid a working visit to the Mallam Atta, Nima and Maamobi markets to learn at first hand some of the challenges encountered by the market women in the course of doing the work.

He promised to ensure that the Mayor Alfred Vanderpuije liases with the Ministry of Local Government to improve the condition at the various major markets in Accra, which will be part of a major rehabilitation exercise of markets across the country.

But speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem programme on Wednesday, Nana Akomea who is also the MP for Okaikoi South stated that the President’s visit is just a way of winning the sympathies of the market women as the election draws near, but said President Mills will do very little to change their conditions in the market place.

He said President Mills earlier promise in December 2010 of rehabilitating the Kotokraba market in the Central Region as parts of many projects that was expected to be done in 2011(action year) is yet to commence.

“ Not a single block has been laid at the Kotokraba market as a sign of beginning the rehabilitation of the market, if this major promise could not be fulfilled in the a whole year, why are we to believe that these three markets would be improved before December 2012’’ Nana Akomea asked?

He added that while the NPP works very hard to wrestle power from the NDC government in December it would continue to hold the government to the promises it has made to Ghanaians.

Kwadwo Anim/