Volta Caucus in Parl descend on Akufo-Addo
The Volta Caucus in Parliament has called on President Akufo-Addo to apologize to the Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area regarding his comments on an E-block school.
The Paramount Chief, Torgbui Adzonu-Gaga Amenya Fiti V, on Wednesday, October 20, through the Minority Members on Parliament’s Education Committee, gave the government a four-month ultimatum to finish the abandoned E-block Day Senior High School for use.
The school, which is 90% complete after the erstwhile Mahama administration which started left it at 23% completion, is yet to be fully completed for the use of the community.
But reacting to the ultimatum by the chief in an interview on Accra-based Peace FM last Thursday, the President, amidst laughter, quizzed, “Is he [Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti] the one to give the minister ultimatum, then he should go ahead and complete the project,” he said in the Akan language.
However, the Volta Caucus has described the President’s comments as unacceptable and is therefore calling on him to retract and apologise.
“You can see that the Volta Caucus is united in the demand for an apology and a retraction unequivocally without any delay and unreservedly. That is our demand and we expect the president to do the honourable thing.”
Putting forth arguments on why the President should render an apology, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP), North Tongu, yesterday in Parliament said that Togbui Adzonu is not the first and only chief to have made such a demand.
He intimated that other chief have been making similar or even more demands than what Togbui Adzonu made.
“However, those demands never get the response that was given to our paramount chief, ” the North Tongu MP said, and demanded that the President do the needful by retracting and apologising.
“The third point which is worth emphasizing is that what our chief put out is not different from what other chiefs have been demanding across the length abd breath of this country.
“When we go out to inspect the state of infrastructure, either in the health sector, in the education sector or in the road sector, chiefs have made similar demands and they have never been responded to in this manner.”
“…The Yilo Krobo chief was even more upset. He said that if the community-based school will not be operationalized for his students, then they should come and remove the school. Togbui Fiti didn’t speak this way.
“We have heard the Kumewuhene complained about the abandoned hospital projects in his constituency…”
Another argument made by the North Tongu legislator was that chiefs are development partners, and as long as the development of this country is at stake, such demands will never cease, so political actors must learn to be tolerant.
He again said that if the President has been able to apologise to the people of the Central Region for his failure to give them a habour, then the same should be done for the people of the Volta Region.
He said the President could not descend on their chief and, by extension, the people of the Volta Region and remain unapologetic.
“…We have seen the president apologise to the good people of the Central Region.If he thinks that as for the Volta Region, you can malign our chiefs, lumbum them, discriminate against them, descend on them in such a disrespectful and disdainful manner and you will refuse to retract and apologise, be rest assured that as a caucus we will consider what the response from the president will be and we will decide on our next steps. ”
On her part, Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South, who read a statement on behalf of the Caucus, indicated that chiefs and custodians of Ghana deserve the outmost respect at all times, irrespective of which part of the country they exercise their authority.
Quoting a portion of Ghana’s constitution to support her argument, Madam Gomashie noted that Article 26 of the 1992 constitution states that “Every person is entitled to enjoy, practice, profess, maintain, and promote any culture, language, or tradition subject to the provisions of this constitution.”
The MP said that the President’s conduct is a total upfront to the entire people of the Volta Region and the Aflao Traditional Area in particular.
She opined that a comment of such nature undermines the unity of the country and hence called on the president to do the needful.
Meanwhile, Madam Gomashie hinted an account for donations to be made towards the completion of the school and entreated the people of the Volta Region and all Ghanaians to make donations.
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