Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has taken on President Akufo-Addo for telling 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.
Speaking on peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ morning show, Mr Pratt wondered what crime the chief committed by asking that an abandoned block be completed and opened for school activities to resume.
“However you will look at it, what the President said about the Aflao Chief was not good, no matter how it was not good, whether he was playing or laughing it didn’t go well, we shouldn’t speak like that to ourselves, he didn’t speak well . . . Torgbui Fiti is a prominent Chief just like all other Chiefs, we don’t speak to him like that, the President didn’t speak well.”
He insisted the chief never gave Akufo-Addo or his ministers any ultimatum.
“Is this an ultimatum? . . . Did he say if it is not opened he will pull a gun or slap someone? He didn’t say that . . . he was only pleading for the school to be opened for him, what crime has he committed?” Kwesi Pratt asked.
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.