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General News of Monday, 27 March 2017

Source: GNA

Tema Traditional Council will not work with non-native MCE

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The Tema Traditional Council (TTC) has threatened not to work with any non-indigene appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the position of the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive officer.

The TTC at a press conference on Sunday said if their plea for the nomination of an indigen to the position was not heeded to, they would fight to express their discontent.

Nii Amarh Somponu II, Tema Shipi and Secretary of the Tema Stool land, addressing the media, stressed that "if after all our plea, a non-indigen is imposed on us, we will not accord him or her the usual courtesy, we shall fight back to express our discontent".

According to them, from Accra to Ada, it was only Tema that was facing challenges of having an indigen being appointed to the position.

Nii Sompuno noted that the TTC conveyed a meeting with the Memebers of Parliament for Tema East, West and Central constituencies and the Greater Accra Regional Minister who hailed from Tema to state emphatically that an indigene should be given the MCE position but that was being ignored.

He regretted that it seemed that the people of Tema were selling their identity and treasures when their forefathers agreed to give their ancestral home for the development of the harbour and a planned city.

"If this is the price to pay for sacrificing our ancestral home for the building of another gateway to Ghana, then we cannot bear it", he emphasized.

The TTC called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to satisfy some selfish and parochial interest in the appointment but rather look out for the good interest for the people and residents of the industrial hub and harbour city.

He expressed the Council's displeasure at some verbal attacks on the people and chiefs of Tema by some members of the NPP Tema East branch during a recently held press conference in relation to the appointment of an MCE.

They noted that it was worrying that the hierarchy of the party failed to call their members to order and asked them to apologize if they do not support their action.