A group calling itself Nzemaland Development Association are accusing President Akufo-Addo of bad faith by removing from office their ‘royal son and brother’ Alfred Obeng from the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company BOST as Managing Director, adding that the President only seems to be favouring people from his tribe.
Maame Ama Nyankopa, the leader of the group, speaking in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com said they are appalled by the ‘ungratefulness’ of President Akufo-Addo who ‘salaciously’ accepted Mr Alfred Obeng’s seven (7) million Ghana cedis in his our of need at a time his campaign needed money.
Readers will recall it was Member of Parliament for Assin Central Honourable Kennedy Agyapong who first mentioned the contribution of Mr Obeng to the NPP’s 2016 campaign.
Speaking on Okay FM, she said “Alfred Obeng is one of only two Western Region indigenes who are CEOs in this government, only he and Boahen Aidoo, and they have removed him. Look at the many Akyems Akufo-Addo has appointed, plenty, and I am not being tribalistic here.” She said.
“Alfred Obeng has done nothing wrong”, she said and wondered why the President was only favouring ‘Akyems’, making a reference to an ‘Akyem Mafia’ whose influence Mr Alfred Obeng had resisted.
“They have disgraced the entire Western Region”.
She refused a suggestion by the host that the President only reshuffledMr Obeng and will surely re-appoint him into a different sector. She said the signs on the onl
Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin on Wednesday (last week) disclosed that the Managing Director of BOST and the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Eugene Arhin noted that the president thought that they had served the country well in their respective roles but were not towing the line of the vision of the president, hence the need for them to go. The president has appointed a new set of people who are believed to be in line with the vision of the president.
But the Director of the Nzemaland Development Association has said the Western Region is unhappy about the development.
“The NPP when they were in need run to Alfred Obeng our brother to collect his money for the campaign but today they are disgracing him”, she said.
“Our brother is not a thief. He has not stolen anything. Was it not the same President who went to say Alfred Obeng has been ‘exonerated’? Me I don’t understand English, you should tell me, what does ‘exonerated’ mean?”, she pointed out.
“The List they prepared, Alfred Obeng’s name was not part. So how did his name come in”, she quizzed.
Anti-Akufo-Addo demo; Pro-Alfred Obeng Demo
Dozens of demonstrators converged at Chirano close to Bibiani in the Western Region to register their protest over the dismissal of Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng as the President visited the region. They were all arrested and detained.
Leader of the group Solomon Kwame Boamah (Bekoe) who confirmed the incident to MyNewsGH.com at the time, said they traveled from Kogyina where the President was set to cut the sod of a project to Chirano but were stopped by a combined team of armed and police and military personnel.
“We were holding placards and not doing anything to suggest our demonstration was violent but they asked us to move away from the scene. Led by one Abrakwah, a national security operative and a resident of the area, they forced us out”, he disclosed.
According to him, they went on board their vehicle and headed towards they came from but they crossed us on the way and directed the driver to take us Ahwiaso where we were locked up without a charge.
“The police commander just released us on bail and asked us to conduct ourselves well or they will be forced to lock us up on the instructions a higher authority.
The police have not been available for comment but just to say the demonstrators failed to heed to the public order act.