The Chief of Akplabanya, Nene Ankrah Kitcher Labia – VI has denied that he personally locked up the Akplabanya Community toilet as earlier published.
The sharp U-turn contravenes his earlier admission in an interview with Westafrica24.com that he has locked up the 10-Seater USAID donated facility to the people of Akplabanya over the Assembly’s failure to pay him 4000 Cedis debt.
In a quest to salvage his reputation, the Chief said he personally did not lock up the toilet rather, he prevented the commissioning of the project for use because he was dissatisfied with the Assembly’s refusal to pay him the money. This assertion corroborates atinkaonline further establishment that Nene Ankrah Kitcher Larbia-VI also prevented the immediate past Greater Accra Regional Minister, Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo and the MP for Sege, Christian Korletey Otuteye from commissioning the facility.
Explaining how the so called debt came about, the Chief narrated that government in a letter commended his efforts in releasing lands for various public projects in the community without demanding any compensation directed the district assembly to compensate him with the 4,000 Cedis.
Nene Ankrah Kitcher Labia-VI who accused some faceless officials at the Ada West District Assembly for pocketing the money due him also accused the DCE of Ada West, Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi for doing nothing about the issue.
“the DCE never called me regarding the toilet issue, it was me who rather sent my subjects to him with letters and followed up with telephone calls, the last engagement with him was during the commissioning of the Sege Polyclinic about two weeks ago where he promised to send officials from the Assembly to come and repair the facility and commission it but he never showed up”. He emphasised.
Interestingly, the Chief is now ready to let go the money owed him. “I’m now prepared to let go the money if the Assembly is not prepared to pay me and even fix the damaged portions of the facility, if the assembly can’t do it. As I speak now, i have asked a family carpenter to assess the extent of damage and give us estimate for us to release money for the materials to repair the toilet.”
Akplabanya is noted for yearly Cholera outbreak, despite several clean up exercises to sanitise the Akplaba Lagoon which accommodates the filth. The community recorded two cholera cases in the last couple of weeks which some community members largely blamed on open deification.