The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed its disappointment with President Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Volta Region in the wake of devastating floods that have affected the area.
The President’s remarks during his visit have drawn criticism from the NDC, with some describing them as insensitive.
President Akufo-Addo toured the districts severely affected by the flooding and assured the affected communities of his administration’s commitment to addressing the situation.
In his speech, the President stated, “I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and are suffering, and it is my responsibility to try and help. Because, if it is a question of counting who votes for me and who doesn’t vote for me, then I shouldn’t be here because you don’t vote for me. But that is not my concern. And, in any event, one day you will vote for me and my party.”
The President’s words have not been well-received by a section of the public, with many finding them lacking in sensitivity given the gravity of the flooding crisis.
Regional Secretary of the Volta NDC James Gunu has issued a statement expressing the party’s concerns about the President’s visit and the impact of his speech on the flood victims.
The statement highlights what the party sees as emotional distress that the President’s remarks have caused to the victims in North Tongu.
The statement points out the lack of specific assistance and concrete plans mentioned in the President’s speech, leaving flood victims without clear information on the support and resources that will be made available to them.
The NDC also criticizes the President’s choice of words and tone, which they say exacerbated the emotional turmoil faced by the victims.
Additionally, “many flood victims expected immediate solutions for housing, healthcare, and essential services. These expectations have not been addressed.”
The NDC further called for a swift and effective response to assist the flood victims during this challenging time.
The party highlights the need for practical steps to ameliorate the suffering of the victims and urges President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration to address the concerns raised by the flood victims and their advocates promptly.