The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has stated that comments by Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin amounts to nepotism.
The Chief of Akyem Abuakwa over the weekend accused the government for neglecting the Eastern Region in terms of developments.
In a press release signed by the Eastern Regional Secretary, Kevor Mark-Oliver, he said, ‘The Okyehene’s call on Akyems in the corporate world to employ only fellow Akyems amounts to nepotism and must be condemned without any reservation. We by this release call on all well meaning Akyems to disregard this unfortunate call by the Okyehene as it wouldn’t augur well for our forward march as a country,’ he fumed.
Read the Press Release:
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS EASTERN REGIONAL SECRETARIAT
Our attention has been drawn to some rather shocking and unfortunate comments made by the Chief of Akyem Abuakwa- Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin who is also the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs among other things, wrongly accusing the NDC government of neglect of his province and calling on Akyem natives in the corporate world to only employ colleague Akyems with the ultimate aim of inciting Akyems against President Mahama in particular and the NDC in general.
We are compelled to state the facts in other to correct the wrong impression created by the Akyem overlord who double as the head and mouthpiece of the Traditional council in the region.
One would wonder whether he speaks in his own capacity or on behalf of the House of Chiefs? Contrary to what the Okyehene said, we have several Akyems holding key positions in government and in the Party today.
Mention can be made of Madam Marrieta Brew Appiah-Opong (Attorney General and Minister for Justice), Hon. Julius Debrah (Chief of Staff), Amb Victor E. Smith (Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom), Hon. Mavis Ama Frimpong (Deputy Eastern Regional Minister), Kojo Attakrah (MD, PBC), Nana Adusei Peasah (Chairman, Eastern Regional Lands Commission), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo (Board Chairman, GHAPOHA), Dr. Kwesi Akyem Apea-Kubi (Board Member, ECG) and the list goes on. Clearly, this can’t be termed as neglect of Akyems in the JM administration.
In fact, the list quadruples should we start from 2009. We are of the view that having several appointees from a particular Kingdom doesn’t necessarily bring the needed developments. We recall how akyems held key positions during the erstwhile Kufuor Administration yet the Akyem Kingdom was the least developed.
Mention can be made of Yaw Osafo Maafo (then Minister for Finance, Education and Sports), Felix Owusu Adjapong (then majority leader), Nana Akufo Addo (then Attorney General & Minister for Justice and Foreign Affairs Minister), Madam Esther Obeng Dapaa (Minister for Mines and Forestry), Ofosu Asamoah (then deputy Regional Minister), J.B Danquah-Adu (then Deputy Minister for Women & Children affairs), Lt. Gen. J.B. Danquah (then Chief of Defence Staff) and several others who were either on Government Boards or were Heads of State owned Institutions. Although all these powerful appointees are Akyems, they did virtually nothing to develop the Akyem Kingdom.
Assuming (without admitting), Akyems have been neglected, the NDC government has done a lot for the Akyem Kingdom in terms of development and certainly need to be commended by the Okyehene.
Stated below are just a few of such developmental projects by the NDC government: A 5-Town Water Supply Project has been completed at Kyebi supplying the people of Kyebi, Osenase, Anyinam, Apedwa and Kwabeng with 1.5 million gallons daily.
Akim Oda-Akwatia-Winneba Water Supply Project, providing Akyems within that catchment area with 10.4 million gallons per day.
Nsawam-Suhum-Apedwa stretch of the Accra Kumasi Highway, Adeiso-Asamankese road, Suhum-Asamankese road, Nsawam-Asamankese road, Osenase-Akwatia road, Kyebi, Suhum & Asamankese town roads and Bunso-Koforidua roads have all received massive attention which has been recently acknowledged by the Okyehene himself on one occasion and on another called on all to support the President’s developmental agenda.
Nyanoa-Kwaobaa (Upper west Akim District), Takorasi (Denkyembour District) and Nyafomah (Birim North District) are all benefiting from the government’s Community Day Senior High School project and massive facelift of Secondary Schools in the Akyem area .
Indeed, there are several projects completed by Municipal and District Chief Executives (who are mostly Akyems) in all the twelve Districts and Municipalities within the Akyem Kingdom.
Knowing the Okyehene as a strong advocate for perfect decentralisation, we are scandalised by his comment which create a wrong impression that even his subjects appointed as MDCEs are not doing anything at the district level to develop the Akyem kingdom.
The aforementioned projects go to confirm the government’s vision of developing every part of the country in a fair and equal manner.
We cannot take away from the Okyehene, his effort in supporting the establishment of a private University for Environmental Studies at Bunso in the Abuakwa South constituency of the East Akim Municipality.
Indeed, we appreciate the fact that this institution gives training to Akyems as well as Ghanaians of other tribes both in the Eastern Region and beyond.
We are however at a lost as to why the Okyehene is questioning the President on his decision to set up a Public University at Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality with a satellite campus at Donkorkrom in the Kwahu Afram Plains North District and not on an Akyem land as captured in the comments he made over the weekend. Such posture only goes to destabilise the peace and harmony we have enjoyed over the years as a region.
The Okyehene’s call on Akyems in the corporate world to employ only fellow Akyems amounts to nepotism and must be condemned without any reservation. We by this release call on all well meaning Akyems to disregard this unfortunate call by the Okyehene as it wouldn’t auger well for our forward march as a country.
We finally would like to assure all Ghanaians in the Eastern Region that our region is very dear to the NDC government (evident by the number of developmental projects received) and President Mahama shall continue to pay attention to our region in a manner that is consistent with our 1992 constitution and also in the spirit of equity and fairness.
We should therefore not fall for divisive, tribal and unfortunate comments like the one coming from our revered Okyehene.
Long Live Ghana and the Eastern Region!!!
Signed Kevor Mark-Oliver Eastern Regional Secretary, NDC Monday January 18, 2016.