Former Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel Okudzto Ablakwa has taken the ruling New Patriotic Party and its Chairman for the Education Committee in Parliament, Steven Siaka to the cleaners for what he says are lies about the NDC diverting 100 Mahindra pick up vehicles meant for the Education sector, for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
He said the party should rather be fixated at fixing the ‘messy’ double-track system and stop taking refuge in false accusations on its opponents.
According to Mr. Ablakwa who is also the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, the accusation by the NPP Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Education Committee are false and without basis.
In a statement he issued in reaction to the matter, Mr. Ablakwa wrote ‘’ For the record, the said 100 Mahindra pickup trucks were part of a fleet of 500 vehicles that also included 100 Nissan Navara pickup trucks, 200 33-seater buses and 100 66-seater buses. It is important to note that all these vehicles were directly presented to Heads of various institutions at a public ceremony at the Independence Square by former President John Mahama on the 14th of June, 2016. This handing over ceremony in full glare of publicity is well documented’’.
Mr. Ablakwa added that the said 100 Mahindra pickup trucks were part of a fleet of 500 vehicles that also included 100 Nissan Navara pickup trucks, 200 33-seater buses and 100 66-seater buses, adding that so far, not a single Head of a beneficiary institution or any official of the Ministry of Education for that matter has reported of a missing or diverted vehicle.
He added ‘’ may I humbly appeal to the Chairman of the Education Committee to use his rather fertile imagination to support his Government with ideas on how to address the current crisis associated with the widely unpopular Double Track system which has led to considerable outrage and increased household spending on extra classes’’.