The acting Central Regional Communication Officer for the National Democratic Congress Lawrence Kwesi Ghartey has advised victims of the Apiate explosion not to bank their hopes on the government to rebuild their shattered houses as promised by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
According to him, the government is merely engaging in political talk and a populist move hence must not be taken seriously, adding that the Akufo-Addo led administration will not build even a single house for the victims before it exits office in the next two years.
On Thursday, a vehicle carrying explosives was involved in an accident with a motorbike at Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region which resulted in a fire outbreak and a huge explosion killing thirteen people and injuring many others. Many buildings were also shattered in the process.
Vice President Dr. Bawumia on Friday visited Apiate to assess the extent of damage and commiserate with victims where he disclosed that the government is in talks with the State Housing Company to build houses for the victims.
But speaking in an interview with EIB Network Central Regional Correspondent Yaw Boagyan during a Communication Team Retreat, awards, and End of year get together on a theme: Equipping Communicators with Skills for Election 2024, Lawrence Kwesi Ghartey said before the victims will believe the government, they should just observe the bad governance Ghanaians are experiencing under the incompetent Akufo-Addo government.
“Their bad governance indicates that they can’t develop the country how can they re-build over 90 percent of demolished houses for them. They should start building their own houses and don’t depend on the fake promises made by the Vice President. What the New Patriotic Party knows is to use disaster to do propaganda and give fake promises as made by the Vice President.”
Lawrence Kwesi Ghartey added that, if the government has money it should pay Ghanaian workers for them to stop going on strike, noting that sectors including Education, Health, Fisheries, Sport, Transport, Finance, Agriculture and many are collapsing due to bad governance.
He said the Akufo Addo-led government promised Ghanaians it will build Hospitals but as of now, not a single hospital has been constructed, adding that there’s enough evidence that the government does not keep its promises.
Lawrence Kwesi Ghartey advised the victims to rather seek help from NGOs and philanthropists and forget about the Vice President’s promises.