The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said President John Mahama’s State of the Nation address was disappointing just as it had predicted. President Mahama today [Thursday], delivered his final State of the Nation address to Parliament as his first term comes to a close. Speaking to Citi News, the Acting Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, who witnessed the nearly four-hour address, said the President said nothing, describing it as mediocre and disappointing. “I must say from my own experience that I have heard a lot of State of the Nation Addresses, but this from my perspective is the most disappointing… it is the most disappointing State of the Nation address I have heard in this house.” Mr. Blay said there was very little substance in the President’s presentation, explaining that every government undertakes development projects. He added that comparing the revenue available to the NDC administration and what it had done over the years, it cannot compare to former President’s administration although he had little funding.
“Considering what amount has come into the NDC government led by him [Mahama] within these eight years, and what has come out of it percentage wise and compare that to Kufuor’s regime, as to what came into his hands, you will see that percentage wise, his [Kufuor] government did far better.” Mr. Blay also criticized Mahama’s presentation on the state of the economy which he said had no details on key components like employment and job creation. “Facts and figures, this is what should be most important to us… he spent very little time on the economy, extremely very limited time,” he said.