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A Minister’s clue? Why Akufo Addo has refused to visit Keta tidal wave victims

Is that supposed to be a clue why the President of the Republic has failed or is it, refused to pay a visit to victims of the Keta tidal waves?

At the time of the tidal waves which misplaced many indigenes of Keta, the ancient capital of the Anglo State, the President was on another leg of his globe-trotting, attending a Climate Change summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former US Presidents, Barrack Obama and Donald Trump were confronted with similar hard choices when hurricane waves hit parts of the United States. They showed leadership; abandoned their trips abroad and jetted straight to the sources of the hurricane to find out how to deal with the obvious national disaster.

Since his Glasgow summit, President Akufo Addo, has made other trips, including the immediate one to Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. Pathetically, not even his Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia has attempted to deputize for his boss, the President, in the Keta disaster.

The only official representation made so far to the Keta victims has come from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO). They have no option because it’s part of their core duty and work schedule to help victims such as those affected by the Keta tidal wave disaster.

Many have suspected that on the basis of the nonchalant response from the presidency, NADMO’s gesture was some sorts of pretentious move. More worrying is the fact that a consideration of Keta into this year’s budget statement came as an after-thought; compelled by some promptings from the Majority group in Parliament.

The majority’s gesture has been interpreted by many as a cover-up for what seems to be the insensitivity on the part of the administration to the plight of Ketains. But it does seem the Minister of Energy has given a proper clue that underlines why the President could not bother about the harrowing experience of many affected Keta nationals, in the recent tidal waves.

According to Mathew Opoku Prempeh, he will personally lead a demonstration if any attempt is made by the administration to raise funds to build the Keta Sea Defence Wall. Although, successive governments built parts of the defence wall, the intensity of the last tidal wave over-powered the existing wall.

And that caused portions of the sea defence wall to collapse, causing dreadful havoc to the Keta indigenes, whose houses and homes are closer to the Keta Sea coastline. According to Opoku Prempeh, his decision is influenced by the fact that the previous Mahama administration raised enough funds to construct the wall; but refused to increase the height of the defence wall.

In the opinion of Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the onus thus lies on the previous Mahama-led administration to provide for those funds, before government could consider any idea of constructing the Keta Sea Defence project.

But Mahama has been out of power for close to five years; so when did Opoku Prempeh and his ilk realize that monies earmarked for the project were still hanging? Many have assigned various interpretations to Napo’s position on the subject and the stated earlier, is one of such deductions.

It will also be legitimate to question the Energy Minister, if the so-called funds are still available for use? If yes, what’s preventing the current administration from committing them into its intended purpose-that’s the Keta Sea Defence project?

If not, why won’t they find out the where about of the said funds? Many have argued that all such outstanding projects and their funding were captured in the transitional notes. So, what did the transitional report say about what the former administration did with the funds set aside for the Keta Sea project? Or the funds were not captured in the transitional team report of 2016?

If not, where did Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh find out the outstanding funds from? Again, if the NPP discovered the “missing money” earlier, why are they ringing the alarm bells now? Were the funds applied to another distressed area or say, used to shore up a government budget, as has been the case in many 4th Republican administrations?

Or was it that the funds were misapplied by the past Mahama administration? So then, who has the NPP administration found culpable or complicit? Even if we get adequate answers to the questions posed, what would be the value of money as compared to lives of humans in this context?

By Napo’s narrative, the impression one gets is that the Akufo Addo administration considers money more important than human lives; but there is more to the assertion than that which meets the ordinary eye. Interestingly, when the Asantehene complained about how power outages had destroyed his appliances, the Energy Minister summoned every stakeholder in the Energy sector, to find instant and lasting solution to the Otumfour’s complaints.

Could same have happened to a Volta Region chief who found himself in a similar position like that of the Asantehene? Based on the obvious neglect of the Keta Sea Defence victims and the President’s brash response to Togbe Fitih’s concerns on an abandoned day JHS blocks within his jurisdiction, Ketu South, none can vouch for a solution to the Keta crisis, like that shown to the Asantehene.

The political equation in the seeming melodrama cannot be lost on Ghanaians. The Volta Region has proven to be an unfriendly terrain for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) just as the NDC, is to the Ashanti Region. Interestingly, the President made the Volta Region his first home in his search for a second term tenure in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

He told Voltains how he loved them and therefore pleaded, they at least, reward him with one constituency. The Region obliged and for the first time in the 4th Republic, an NPP candidate, Peter Amewu, won a mainland Volta Constituency— Hohoe.

Fast forward into the second term administration of the President and suddenly, President Akufo Addo has remembered how the Volta Region is an “enemy territory” and therefore does not need any empathy from him. And so as Keta bleeds, Nana seemed less concerned?   

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