Contrary to reports that the Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Bawumia, was hooted at in Teshie last Saturday, The Chronicle can report that he was rather cheerfully received and celebrated by the chiefs and the people of the coastal town.
The Vice President was in Teshie, Ledzokuku Constituency, on Saturday, September 30, 2023 to commission the Astro Turf facility, supported by the Chairman of the McDan Group, Dr. Daniel McKorley and facilitated by the former Member of Parliament, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye.
Eyewitnesses have told The Chronicle that the joy of the constituents was not hidden and that not many heard or saw the booing. However, some confirmed to this reporter that a few people briefly expressed anti-government views.
The Vice President shared the same podium with the chiefs, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the Minister for Sports, Dr. McKorley and other dignitaries.
Dr. Bawumia, the guest of honour, said the construction of astro turfs “have become synonymous with our government and this facility adds to the over 150 astro turfs in other parts of the country, constructed since 2017, compared to the 3 astro turfs in Ghana we inherited.”
He sat through after the commissioning to watch the ceremonial match between Okoe-Boye Eleven and ex-Black Stars players, including Stephen Appiah and John Paintsil.
The game ended 3-2 against Okoe-Boye Eleven, but the aspiring Ledzokuku MP, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, scored from the penalty spot.
Teshie is a community that has over 400,000 residents and several undeveloped football pitches. The community had not seen such a developed football pitch until this, through the vision and hard work of the aspiring MP, Dr. Okoe-Boye, who got the support of the Chairman of the McDan Group.
The people could not hide their joy for the development, as the community can now boast of an ultramodern football pitch, championed by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Bernard Oke-Boye.
There was an open embrace of the ‘Sankofa’ movement, which seeks to reinstate Dr. Okoe Boye as the MP for Ledzokuku constituency.
The residents spoke highly of the commitment of Dr. Okoe-Boye to the development of the constituency and indicated their resolve to have him represent the constituency in the next Parliament in 2025.
Meanwhile, a section of Teshie residents were also pointing accusing fingers at the sitting MP for the Ledzokuku constituency, Benjamin Ayiku Nartey, for the “misbehavior” at the commissioning.
The Chronicle was told by residents that the name Dr. Okoe Boye sends shivers down the spine of the NDC, with regards to the development he champions in the constituency.
The residents would rather want the MP, Benjamin Ayiku, work to lobby for more development in the constituency, as Dr. Okoe-Boye has done, instead of ridiculing what is being witnessed.
The MP is reported to have lost touch with the constituents due to what they describe as his inability to lobby for developments and also staying outside of the constituency.
Ledzokuku constituents say they have suffered over the past three years from underdevelopment and prefer to vote Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye back to power.