James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr., popularly known as Kabila says the faux pas committed by Mr Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is an indication that there are major loopholes in the administration of President John Dramani Mahama.
The AMA boss committed what most people consider as a grave blunder by renaming the National Hockey Stadium without consulting the appropriate authorities.
In honour of late President John Evans Atta Mills, the AMA decided to change the name of the Theodosia Okoh National Hockey Stadium to John Evans Atta Mills National Hockey Stadium.
This decision however, didn’t go down well with several people including the woman in the midst of the controversy, Madam Okoh.
In an interview with the Accra Mayor on Peace FM, he indicated that he consulted the hockey players as well as the Association before the renaming was implemented.
However, an order from the presidency summoning the Accra Mayor and demanding an overturn of the AMA’s decision, clearly shows that there was no consultation from the presidency or any other authority before the decision was enacted.
Speaking as a panelist on Peace FM’s Morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ Kabila said the Accra Mayor should have followed a hierarchy or a chain of authority for consultations before changing the name.
Even though he commended President Mahama for asking him to reverse his decision, he believes the AMA’s actions “exposes a certain weakness in our government structure. But for you the media, Oko Vanderpuiye would have gotten away with what he did. Was there no government structure or communication to oversee such decision-making? The assembly had nothing to do with the development of the place. What was his motivation?” he asked.