The MP for Ablekuma South constituency and former Mayor of Accra, Hon. Okoe Vanderpuije has suggested that we cannot blame the floods in Accra on the mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
According to him, the jurisdiction of the AMA as headed by Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah is not the same as that of previous government as districts and municipalities have been created out of it.
Speaking on the Anopa Bosuo Morning Show, Hon. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije stated ‘In this era of Ghana, do we have Accra Mayor?..Accra has been divided into many parts so if you should say Accra Mayor , who are you referring to?…For me, I know when you say Accra mayor, you are referring to Hon. Adjei Sowah and Hon. Adjei sowah’s jurisdiction now is not in Accra. His jurisdiction is Ablekuma South, odododiodio and Okaikwei South..You see, so he has three constituencies that he looks after which makes the Accra Metropolitan area. So the period where the whole of Accra was under him is no more there. The new constituencies we have created, the flooding is happening in all of them so why are we blaming one person?”
The former Mayor of Accra further opined that, it is imperative that Chief Executives of the newly created districts and municipal assemblies to be held accountable if there’s if there are incidences of flooding in their area of jurisdiction instead of blaming the Mayor of Accra.
“Find out the chief executives of the newly created places and hold them responsible. We have Chief Executives in all those areas not Hon. Adjei Sowah’s jurisdiction alone. So if we should do that, then we are not holding the other chief executives accountable’. He added.
He also disclosed that when he occupied the position of the mayor of Accra, he was blamed for every flood that occurred in Accra, adding that, if all the Chief Executives are held responsible, they would bring out their challenges and difficulties they face in their respective areas.
“When we created them, have we given them the manpower, the resources for them to be able to tackle the flooding in Accra?..The answer is ‘NO’…You see, flooding comes and we start blaming Accra Mayor, Adjei Sowah. Why are we blaming him? What is not fair is not fair! That is my issue because I have been there before, I have been in that position before so I know”. The MP lamented.
By: Nana Adjoa Yeboah Sarpong