The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa popularly known as Togbe Worgbedzi I has taken on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for disrespecting some Ghanaian chiefs.
According to the MP, our revered chiefs and custodians of our proud traditions deserve utmost respect at all times regardless of which part of the country they exercise their authority.
On Wednesday, 20th October 2021, the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area Torgbui Adzonu-Gaga Amenya Fiti V gave President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government a four-month ultimatum to complete the abandoned school projects started by former President John Dramani Mahama.
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The Chief made the statement when the Minority Members on Parliament’s Education Committee toured the abandoned E-blocks in the Volta Region.
But responding to the chief’s demand on Accra-based Peace FM on Thursday, 21st October, 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, amidst laughter, quizzed, “Is he [Torgbui Adzonu-Gaga Amenya Fiti V] the one going to give the Minister of Education ultimatum?”
According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area can complete the abandoned E-block community day Senior High School in the area himself if he is frustrated about the delay.
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The President’s reaction to the Chief, who represents the people of Afloa Traditional Area came as a surprise to many Ghanaians.
In a counter response, Mr. Ablakwa said, the venerable Torgbui Adzongaga Amenya Fiti V and the people of Aflao deserve an immediate retraction and apology from President Akufo-Addo.
He added that, no chief anywhere in Ghana should be spoken to with such derision, disrespect and condescension as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did in a live interview.
The MP reiterated that, Torgbui Fiti V rather deserves commendation for his courage in speaking out against the reckless wasteful culture of abandoning inherited projects.
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“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.” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa explained.
The school block was started during John Dramani Mahama’s administration. The project is about 90 percent complete. It has some 26 classrooms and five departments, including a science block but has stalled since 2016, after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government lost political power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).