Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has demanded that the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo apologize to the Torgbui Adzongaga Amenya Fiti V or prepare for the consequences.

This he said was contained in a statement he wrote on his Facebook page following the comments by the president on Peace FM’s morning show hosted by Kwame Sefa today Thursday, October 21.

“The venerable Torgbui Adzongaga Amenya Fiti V and the people of Aflao deserve an immediate retraction and apology from President Akufo-Addo”, the MP wrote.

“No chief anywhere in Ghana should be spoken to with such derision, disrespect and condescension”, he stated.

According to him, the chiefs and custodians of the Volta people’s traditions deserve utmost respect at all times regardless of which part of the country they exercise their authority.

He believed if all chiefs were to be outspoken as Torgbui Fiti V, then the country wouldn’t be where it is today, adding that the chiefs should be encouraged in speaking out against the “reckless wasteful culture of abandoning inherited projects”.

“We are one people united in our collective successes and challenges; intemperate language from the President who ordinarily should be strengthening national cohesion with his pronouncements ought to be condemned by all well meaning Ghanaians”, Mr. Ablakwa concluded.

President Nana Akufo-Addo asked the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area to “complete” the abandoned E-block community day senior high school in the area himself if he is frustrated about the delay.

On Wednesday, October 20, Torgbui Adzonu-Gaga Amenya Fiti V gave government a four-month ultimatum to finish the building for use.

The school, built during the Mahama administration is almost 90 per cent complete. It has some 26 classrooms and five departments, including a science block but has stalled since 2016.

When the Minority members on Parliament’s Education Committee toured the abandoned E-blocks in the Volta Region, the chief demanded that the area gets its fair share of the national cake by completing the project.

But reacting to the demand on Accra-based Peace FM on Thursday, the President, amidst laughter, quizzed, “Is he the one going to give the Minister of Education ultimatum?”

After the statement, President Akufo-Addo assured the traditional leader indicated that his government is resolved to continue projects started by his predecessor.

He stressed that plans are being executed to complete the projects and put them to good use.

“For some of the projects definitely we will ready ourselves and complete them. But, as much as possible, I have given you these examples for you to see that despite the propaganda [we are working on them],” he stated.

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