-Tema Mantse urges Akufo-Addo
The paramount Chief of Tema Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku II, has made a clarion call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pick up from where his predecessor, John Mahama, left off.
“I have decided to appeal to the hardworking President for the good of the country.”
He believes that generally speaking, most of the policies that the former administration pursued are not too different from what the current administration wishes to roll out and therefore encourages the President to go all out and build on what he inherited.
“The campaign season is different from the governance period, during the campaign we can all disagree and split hairs but once you are in office, you snap out of the campaign mood and face the reality of commonsense, And commonsense dictates that you pick up from where your predecessor left off rather than trying to reinvent the wheel,” Tema Mantse told journalists in an interview at his palace yesterday.
Emphasizing on the need for unity of purpose in the nation, he reminded that government is a continuum and also nothing but a setup of statecraft for the common good of the people.
When asked why he did not show up at the people’s forum organized by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday, Nii Tema said it was due to circumstances beyond his control.
According to him, policies from the Mahama era, such as the vigorous building of public infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and factories, is an inheritance for the Ghanaian people.
“The Tema Development Corporation (TDC), the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) embarked on very good projects in the NDC era for the benefit of the people and it would be a good idea if the current government could please continue with the projects. I doff-off my hat for the former CEOs of these institutions for their good works in the metropolis.” Nii Tema said.
“Just like when His Excellency the current President leaves office, what he has started will be a legacy from him to the whole of the country,” he pointed out.
Nii Tema said he was very happy that already President Akufo-Addo has indicated his intent to harmoniously continue from where President Mahama left off, noting that the new President’s meeting with all his predecessors was good for the health of the nation.
He reminded that where Ghana is now is the result of the passage of the governance from President Rawlings down to Kufuor, down to Mills and down to Mahama.
He mentioned the completion of the 37 Military Hospital and the El-Wak Stadium, for instance, by President Kufuor, even though they were started by President Rawlings.
He also pointed out that President Mills had completed the N1 Highway, even though it was started by President Kufuor.
“Mr. President, this is your turn to continue from where your predecessors left off and, as a Ghanaian, I will urge you not to try to be ‘Super Man’ by reinventing the wheel, continue from where President Mahama left off so that our nation can continue to grow.”
Nii Tema also used the opportunity to thank President Akufo-Addo profusely for appointing a number of people from the Tema Metropolis in his government, including Deputy Ministerial positions for the MPs for Tema East and West and the position of Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund to former Tema West MP, Irene Naa Torshie Addo.
“I will also like to thank the President profusely for listening to the voice of the people of Tema and nominating an indigene for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive for Tema,” he said.
Nii Amarh Somponu, Tema Stool Secretary, was full of praise for the President for his good works, and urged Ghanaians, especially journalists, to report facts.
“I am saying this because both the Bible and the Quran enjoin us to speak the truth, but lying has become so institutionalized that society now largely desensitize to it,” the Tema stool secretary fired.