The Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi, Tetreteh Okumoah Sekyim II, has expressed support for proposed creation of Western North Region to hasten the development of the area.
He said the new idea should focus on pragmatic plans and programmes to tap the rich natural resources in the area for the economic fortunes of the people of the region.
Nana Sekyim made the suggestion on Saturday, when the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo visited him at the Wassa Amenfi palace, as part of his five-day campaign tour of the northern part of the Western Region.
He stressed: “The creation of the Western North Region would create development programmes for the region. We have lagged behind others. We have about 70 per cent of Ghana’s resources, but no concrete programmes and policies are geared toward our development.
Touching on his area, which occupied a land mass of about 22 per cent of the Western Region, Tetreteh Sekyim said Amenfiman had only two magistrate courts notably at Wassa Akropong and Asankragwa, stating that it was a drawback on the administration of justice,law and order.
On education, he said, the area had only three senior high schools, with two at Asankrangwa and one at Wassa Akorong, noting that the situation did not ensure the full benefits of human capital investment.
On health, the Omanhene indicated that there were the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital and the Catholic Hospital at Asankragwa, who are suffering example, suffered from infrastructural challenges particularly the maternity ward.
Responding to the issues, the NPP Nana Akufo, noted the spirit and commitment that the Omanhene had injected into chieftaincy in Amenfiman and his passion for development, education and growth.
“Our agenda and focus on the region is about new policies and new government programmes for the country; we have enormous rich resources, yet we are poor.We are going to fashion out new polices and hopefully they will transform this country.We are coming with the free SHS. We will also improve health infrastructure and the National Health Insurance. The development of the private sector will be a major thrust,” he added.
According to Nana Addo, Japan, Germany, America and Britain had achieved good results with the private sector, saying “that would be our vision”.
He said, chiefs would also have a role to play in this enterprise, adding that the key personalities in the region would have a role in the cabinet decisions.
“Education will be given more focus and impetus. It’s our great concern. The SHS will be multiplied for Ghana and the Western to be uplifted. We will also have more libraries.”
On illegal mining (galamsey) and small-scale mining, Nana Akufo-Addo believed that good regulations and land policies would resolve the challenges,including youth unemployment.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Wassa Akropong