Former Head of Monitoring Unit of the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu, has called on Ghanaians to cut President Nana Akufo-Addo some slack over some comments regarding a promise he made to the people of Cape Coast.
The President is said to have promised that he will construct a new harbour in Cape Coast when elected President but upon his election, the residents have seen no progress yet.
Clarifying his promise to the residents, the President in an interview on Eagle FM in Cape Coast stressed: “the commitment was never to a harbour; it was to a landing site”.
“In terms of the harbour, we have to be clear in our minds; we never committed ourselves…I never stated that I intended to build a harbour in Cape Coast. I said I was going to build a landing page and that it would begin next year,” he added, but these comments have shocked the residents.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Peace FM’s 'kokrokoo' on Thursday, October 21, 2021, the President apologized to the Cape Coast residents.
He indicated that the actual plan was to build a landing site.
''Let me confess, I made a mistake on the Cape Coast. Even with the mistake, we have to have a rethink. We cannot have a harbour at Takoradi and Elimina and have another one at Cape Coast. But I have to apologize to the people of Cape Coast. Presidents are humans and they can make mistakes," he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.
Making his submissions on the programme on Friday, October 22, Charles Owusu noted that whether the President apologized or not is inconsequential to what he promised to do for the people of Cape Coast.
Therefore, he would like that the focus should be on constructing the landing site in the Central Region as promised by the President.
''Whether he apologized or not is not so important to me but rather constructing it. He has apologized. Let's accept it and move forward.''