– Nii Adjei Kraku II urges Nana
A fierce popularity contest by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament in Tema, who have prioritized re-election in 2020 over development, has led to a dog-eat-dog game of thrones that is inhibiting development.
In an interview with journalists yesterday, Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku II, the Paramount Chief of Tema, said President Akufo-Addo must stamp out popularity contests in Tema East and Tema West that have turned the Mayor of Tema, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, into a whipping boy.
“The Mayor and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly are being wrongfully blamed as incompetent or lacking the political will to evict illegal squatters and encroachers in various parts of Tema; the truth is that the Mayor is being frustrated by the MPs here,” Tema Mantse said.
Nii Tema said if the President does not rise up and stamp out the unhealthy popularity contest, the MPs will rob Tema of development in order to shore up political support for themselves.
He lamented on last Thursday’s upheaval in Community 2, which saw the MP for Tema West, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, lead illegal squatters to resist demolitions of unauthorized structures by the TMA, as a direct result of the popularity contests in Tema.
Carlos Ahenkorah, who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, led the resistance against the demolitions because those affected are supposedly strong members of the support base of the NPP in Tema West.
Mr. Ahenkorah is of the opinion that since the Akufo-Addo government has not yet provided promised jobs to those affected, mainly squatters who do small-time trading in those illegal structures, it is politically unwise to evict them.
But the TMA had moved to carry out the demolitions at the Cocoa Village, because COCOBOD has stopped paying property rates to the TMA over the Cocoa Village in protest to the TMA’s refusal to clear off illegal squatters from the frontage of the village.
Simply put, therefore, the continuous existence of illegal encroachers on the Cocoa Village lands translates to the deprivation of money in the form of property rates to the TMA from there.
However, when the TMA moved on Thursday to demolish the illegal structures there, the MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, led the illegal encroachers to resist the demolitions.
As part of the resistance, Mr. Ahenkorah had near-fisticuffs with the Tema Metropolitan Engineer, Maxwell Adu Boateng.
“This is totally unacceptable; are we supposed to sidestep the laws of the land just because people who support the ruling party can continue to be comfortable? And at the end of the day, the same Mayor that is being prevented from carrying out his duties will be blamed for the lack of development in Tema,” Tema Mantse said.
Yesterday, Carlos Ahenkorah, the MP, told Accra-based Adom FM that the demolition exercise that the TMA had attempted at the Cocoa Village in Tema West had earlier been attempted in Tema East too but that it had similarly been resisted.
According to the MP, he will not sit down and allow the MCE to bring his demolitions to Tema West when the people involved are mostly NPP supporters who are yet to be given jobs by the government after the NPP was voted into office in 2016.
Mr. Ahenkorah’s reference to the abortive demolitions in Tema East by the TMA is in respect of the Mayor’s attempt to similarly pull down structures in Community One, around the TMA area.
On the main road in front of the TMA, there is an eyesore of illegal structures that encroachers use to do trading. Similar structures are located around the Community One market.
However, about a month ago, when the TMA made moves to demolish these structures, the MP for Tema East and Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, similarly led the people to resist.
“Here too, the reason was that the people affected are seen to be NPP voters,” Tema Mantse said.
The Chief of Tema said, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, is painted by the MPs as a demon to the people for attempting to carry out legitimate developmental duties, it is Tema which ends up losing and urged the parliamentarians to demonstrate respect for the President’s representative in the metropolis.
By law, the office of the metropolitan chief executive is an extension of the office of the President and disrespect for him is tantamount to disrespect for the hardworking President of the Republic of Ghana.
He therefore urged President Akufo-Addo to call the MPs in Tema to order, as both MPs belong to the ruling party.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey