President John Mahama on Tuesday granted an interview to Metro TV. In a one-hour chat with Paul Adom Otchere, the president spoke on several key national issues.
Here are to things we learnt.:
President John Mahama in the interview with Paul Adom Otchere
1. NDC won't campaign on the health status of opponents.
A recent report by Africa Watch magazine claimed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, had cancer. But Mahama says his message will focus on what he has done for Ghana and what he can still do rather than the physical condition of his rivals.
He said he had already told his surrogates not to campaign on any candidate’s state of health.
2. Government not happy with WASSCE performance
The president said the government was not happy with this year’s WASSCE results although it represented an improvement compared to previous years.
3. Teacher Trainee Allowance
He rejected claims that the government had terminated teacher trainee allowances. According to him, they were merely substituted with the Students Loan scheme.
4. Willing to release health record
Mahama pointed out that he would be willing to provide his health record if there was consensus among Ghanaians for presidential candidates to release their medical records. He said he felt fit and healthy and had been going about his work without any difficulty.
5. Ford saga
President reiterated his position that he did nothing wrong in receiving a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman who subsequently won two lucrative government contracts.
He added that he would submit to whatever verdict the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) reached on the matter.
6. Montie 3
President Mahama said he freed the Montie three in line with the constitution because they had shown a tremendous amount of remorse and had apologised for their conduct. He said having also served a month in jail, their continued detention did not benefit anybody.
7. Akufo-Addo insults
The president said he criticised Akufo-Addo harshly by calling him a dictator because the NPP leader had called him a thief.
“He, Nana Addo, attacked me first. For four years he has described me as incompetent; for four years he’s described me as visionless; for four years he’s described me as a thief.
“He says 'when I come power, I won’t steal the country's money'; what does that mean? It means I am stealing Ghanaians’ money.”