Director of communications for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Buaben Asamoa has defended President Akufo-Addo over his recent reply to the paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional area, Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti, to complete the E-block in his area if he is so worried about it.
He was speaking in an interview with Happy FM’s Don Prah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show when he said: “The President made this statement on a lighter note and people are dwelling on this to make a case. Have we forgotten that in the same interview, he gave an update on what projects he has completed and what he has not completed?”
The lawyer, further commenting on the statements by the President, noted that “he [the President] was just joking about what he said. I don’t believe that with his relationship with chiefs, he will just disrespect the Aflao paramount chief. It is even possible that they are friends.”
President Akufo-Addo had told the paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional area, Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti, to complete the E-block in his area if he is so worried about it, albeit sarcastically.
The chief had given the government a four month ultimatum to open the e-block community day senior high school which has stalled since 2016.
Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti speaking with the Minority side of the Education Committee who toured the uncompleted school buildings in the Ketu South constituency says, government’s approach to education is appalling.
“After senior high school education, the next degree that my people have to do is to go to border and go and do kayayo, no school.
“The only school that we have is the RC Senior High School that belongs to the Catholic Mission Minor Seminary. So this thick population have no place to go and people sit down in that big hall called parliament and not thinking about Aflao, a place after the Tema Harbour , the next revenue generation is from the Aflao border.
“I had to push the former President Mahama for the structure to be constructed over there. I had to be running from here to Accra begging.
“Should we beg for education?”
Reacting to it on Peace FM’s morning show, President Akufo-Addo questioned why the chief would give government an ultimatum.
According to him most of the E-block projects started by the Mahama administration have been completed by his government while others are at various stages of completion.
“Many of the E-blocks are being worked on across the country.
“Is he [Aflao Chief] the one to give the minister ultimatum then he should go ahead and complete the project,” the President said.