October 4, 2010

The Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa constituency, Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah, has taken a swipe at the ruling government for reverting the name of the Golden Jubilee House which is supposed to be the official seat of government back to its former name, The Fag Staff House.

According to the MP, it appears as though there is a calculated attempt by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, to change the current names of monuments which was previously christened by former President John Agyekum Kufour.

He cites the recent reverting of the name of the Ohene Djan Sports stadium back to the Accra Sports stadium and the Jubilee House back to the Flag Staff House.

The over-$70-million edifice constructed by the Kufour Administration, has office and residential premises for the president, has been the subject of hot debate after President John Mills’ refusal to relocate there.

Earlier this year, a part of it was handed over to the Foreign Affairs Ministry temporarily after their offices were gutted.

Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show Kokrokoo, the Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah, urged the government to stop its fixation with name changing and rather busy itself by working hard to ensure the well-being of Ghanaians is enhanced.

‘’Look Ghanaians are currently facing a lot of problems, there is inadequate of gas supply, the educational system is in a fix, as we speak now University Teachers (UTAG) is on strike, the government instead of remedying the situation is rather changing names’’, he lamented.

‘’What on earth will changing names put in the pockets of the many poor people in the country, government should not engage itself in trivialities but work to improve the lives of such peoples whose expectations are high’’ he added.

Hon. Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah, questions why the government is unwilling to officially comment on the change of name, urging it to accept responsibility.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh