Drone, guinea fowl comparison unncessary - MFWA to Nana Addo

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's comparison of the controversial medical drone deal to the guinea fowl project under the government of former President John Mahama as "petty and unnecessary".

Sulemana Braimah

The President said the plan to use drones to supply essential and lifesaving medical supplies will not be borne by the taxpayer.

"This programme is not going to be run on the public budget. Corporate Social Responsibility contributions from private sector players will pay for the service.

"I prefer drones flying to deliver essential medicines to our people than an investment in guinea fowls that allegedly fly off to Burkina Faso without any trace," he said during his press encounter Wednesday.


However, the Media Foundation for West Africa assessing the President's performance at the press encounter said Nana Addo comparing the drone deal to the botched guinea fowl was unnecessary.

"One low point of the President’s performance was [the] comparison of his government’s medical drone deal to that of the SADA Guinea fowl issue under the erstwhile Mahama government which was petty and unnecessary," the Foundation said in a section of its assessment.

It added: "The low points on the President’s performance were on his responses to the question on vigilantism. For example, the President’s reference to how overwhelmed the security agencies are in dealing with the problem of vigilante groups cannot be justified. Indeed, the problem is one of lack of political will and not limited capacity on the part of the security agencies to deal with the problem.

"The worst moment in the president’s responses was his attempt to discount or dismiss the ongoing bi-partisan investigations into what has become known as the “cash for seat” saga. Indeed, the President’s comment devalues the ongoing work of the bi-partisan committee. This is especially so because the President in his introductory remarks took pride in the fact that under the first year of his administration, a number of bi-partisan investigative committees have been set up to investigate allegations of wrongdoing."


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