…As Floods Kill Residents
When Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia visited Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, on Wednesday, this week, to assess flooding that had claimed two precious lives there was no mayoral welcome for the second gentleman of the land.
Consequently, the Vice President and a delegation that he was leading on fact-finding mission had had no reception and proper official brief on the flooding situation, whatsoever, leading to the team taking the initiative to grope their way around town.
The reason for the lack of official reception was that the Mayor of Tamale, Mohammed Iddrissu Musah, alias Musah Superior, was out of town cooling his heels in the United States.
The absentee mayor left Ghana for the US on the 9th of July, on a supposed five-day tour that was to see him return to the country on the 14th of July.
According to a post on his Facebook timeline, the trip to the US was to be a “five-day official visit” that was to run on an itinerary of stopovers at Washington DC, Virginia and Louisville.
“The tour is part of my investment project around (the) world to make a strong case for our city (Tamale). In this visit, I will hold discussions with top business people, the Founder of Facebook, Mark Z and key strategic private institutions. I will return on Friday, 14th July.”
However, when the Tamale floods occurred on the 25th of July, 11 clear days after the mayor was supposed to return from the US on the 14th, Musah Superior was still in the US, from where he has since sent condolences.
The unacceptable development has led to questions as to why he has overstayed his stay in the US for almost two weeks, even though he had arranged to visit there quickly and return to base in five days.
The development has also led to questions as to whether his travel Visa permitted him to overstay for so long at a time that the United States Embassy in Accra is implementing a new regime of Visa issuance that makes official applicants walk the tightrope of timeliness.
Musah Superior’s overstay has left tongues wagging that after the supposed business connections, he had taken advantage to remain there on holidays, which has stretched into almost two weeks now.
It is believed that it was in the coziness of that holiday in the US that disaster struck in his absence.
On 25th July, a four-hour torrential downpour led to the reoccurrence of perennial flooding of Tamale, one of the most well-planned cities of Ghana.
Two people – one Hajia Fati Bapuni and another school pupil – are reported to have lost their lives as a result of the flooding.
Thatch houses at Gumani, Gumbihini, Kanvili Tuunaayili, Wurishe, Koblimahigu and Fuo were submerged, while livestock and other valuables were carried away.
On Wednesday, Vice President Bawumia led a high-powered delegation to the metropolis to assess the situation there.
The delegation, which had included Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid and National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Nana Agyemang Prempeh, met the absence of the Tamale Mayor, who should have hosted and briefed it.
Musah Superior had apparently been cooling his heels in the US where he has overstayed a five-day official visit by almost two weeks, when the delegation came calling.
Mr. Superior has since expressed his condolences through social media.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Stan Adotey