NPP MP asks Okoe Vanderpuije to resign

Mr. Emmanuel Kwabena AgyarkoThe New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremten Agyarko, has charged the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, to resign if he believes that he has failed.

According to the MP, Mr. Vanderpuije should have announced that he had resigned, and not shift blame because it is obvious that he has failed.

“If you think you have failed ,then why are you still at post? The man should have been gone by now.

“I believe that if the Chief Executive has a conscience, he would have resigned. It is under your watch that Accra has experienced its saddest day,” he said in an interview, yesterday.

Following last Wednesday’s floods which swept away property worth millions of Ghana cedis and claimed more than 160 lives, Mr. Vanderpuije has come under intense criticism.

Many are of the view that if he had carried out his promise of turning Accra into a Millennium City, floods of such magnitude would not have occurred.

He recently won the prestigious Jose Eduardo dos Santos African Best Mayor Award at the second African Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum, but is reported to have admitted on a radio station that he has failed the city.

Earlier, he had blamed the floods on Ministry of Finance’s delay in the release of funds granted by the Exim bank of America for the CONTI project which would include the dredging the Odaw River in the centre of the city, and construction of some major drains.

The Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, denied being the problem saying there were no funds for the project because the bank had not released the amount.

He further explained that the AMA had not completed the processes required for the release of the funds, although the President had cut the sod for the construction of the drains to begin.

However, the MP said if government was indeed concerned about the welfare of the citizenry, it would have put in place measures to prevent the situation from occurring.

He indicated that funds being used to construct the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Overpass and those that the Chief Executive invested to host the mayor’s conference, could have been used to construct the drains.

He likened government and the Chief Executive’s attitude towards the needs of the people, to that of “a father who knows what to do but neglects his duties and wastes his money on” alcohol and unnecessary things”.

But “a father who knows that he has to pay school fees will prioritize and not waste his money on fruitless expenditure”.

Mr Agyarko faulted President Mahama for not taking action on the AMA boss, saying if he cared enough, “he would have fired him.”

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