Following our publication on the piece put up by MP for Ningo Prampram, Hon. Samuel George Nartey concerning the much touted Planting for food project that was launched by President Akufo-Addo in the Brong Ahofo Region on Wednesday, an official from the Canadian High Commission spoke to us on condition of anonymity and buttressed what the young legislator had put out.
Our source gave further insight into why the project delayed and dropped hints of the visit to Ghana in June by some Canadian officials to roll out the project, our source also wondered why the President will go ahead to launch a project that the Canadian Minister of International Development will be in Ghana to launch. Below is the text our source sent to our editor unedited.
‘’Governance is a continuum. Negotiations for budget support started during the former administration but obviously delays on the Ghanaian part in meeting certain conditionalities & conservative gov't election defeat in Canada caused further delays. It's significant that Sam George mentions MAPLE which is significant in the context of Canada's - the famous MAPLE LEAF. Now! The New gov't is cashing in on all the hard work obviously for cheap political reasons. The President made the announcement in his state of the nation address at the time when the bilateral agreement had not been signed. This was seen as a diplomatic goof from our side. The Canadian support will only cover a component of the planting for food and jobs - Canada's profile goes up because of the media hype but others are contributing also as it's a basket support. Anyways! The Minister of International Development will be in GH June at which time this initiative will be officially launched from the perspective of Canada’’