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New Accra Mayor must show leadership in tackling flooding – Oko Vanderpuije

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Alfred Oko Vanderpuije

The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, singled out Accra’s problem with flooding as a key area for the Accra Mayor nominee, Elizabeth Sackey, to address, if she is confirmed.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Vanderpuije, a former Mayor himself, said the flooding problem is a leadership test.

“We need to put our hands around immediately, and we need to show leadership in that area,” he said.

“Look at the congestion within the city when it rains. This past Friday was an example. You can tell there was no leadership in the city. The whole city came to a halt.”

Mr. Vanderpuije further recalled that he had had to direct traffic because of the disruption caused by rain.

In addition to the flooding challenge, the former mayor also noted that collaboration with the Greater Regional Minister would also be important in addition to addressing revenue generation gaps in the assembly.

Elizabeth Sackey will have to be confirmed by members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly before she takes office.

This would also make her the first woman mayor of Accra.

Mr. Vanderpuije was hopeful the confirmation process will be smooth.

“I’m looking forward to her standing up to the challenges and working hard, so we can move Accra in the right direction,” he said.

Elizabeth Sackey will be replacing Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, who is currently the acting Mayor of Accra.

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