PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has described his administration’s investment in infrastructure and social protection as “a phenomenal investment”, which has provided the foundation for improved economic empowerment for Ghanaians.
“Now that we have a handle on the social and economic infrastructure, the next phase of my administration will be on enhanced income generation and economic empowerment,” he said.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Manya Krobo at Odumase in the Eastern Region, at the start of his Accounting to the People tour of the Eastern Region, President Mahama noted that the economic empowerment agenda would be pursued through the provision of technical and vocational skills for the youth to be able to secure industrial jobs or create self-employment and income-generating activities.
That, he said is the reason the government was investing heavily to revamp the technical and vocational education and training sector to become the main platform for job creation for the youth.
“We are going to provide the quality skills and knowledge needed to secure jobs for people to be able to generate more incomes to support their welfare,” he said.
Even before the government moves into the income generation phase, he said, hundreds of jobs have been created through various initiatives, adding that the various infrastructural projects have also created hundreds of jobs across the country.
The President was optimistic that the performance of the government would earn him another term, adding that the vision for the development of the country was on course.
He cited an avalanche of projects across the country, as well as those in the Eastern Region, as evidence of the performance and commitment of the government in pursuing the development of the country.
“I believe that with the record that we have shown in the first term, the people of Ghana would give us a second term,” the President said.
In the Manya Krobo area, he cited a number of completed and ongoing projects, especially in education, agriculture, water supply and road infrastructure as part of efforts by the government to open up the area for economic growth.
The President particularly cited the plans for the establishment of the first public university in the Eastern Region, that would focus on agriculture education, as a deliberate step to promote agriculture development in the region.
He thanked the chiefs and people of Manya Krobo for their continued support for the government, and indicated that their support would not be taken for granted in the distribution of national resources.
Nene Sackitey II, Paramount Chief of Manya Krobo Traditional Area, in a speech read on his behalf, commended the government for the development projects in the area, describing those in the educational and road sectors as laudable.
He called for speedy work on some of the road projects, and called for a peaceful general election in November.
From Odumase, President Mahama moved to Akwamu where he addressed a joint durbar of chiefs from Akwamu, Anum and Boso.
He assured them of government’s commitment in enhancing the welfare of the people, and called for the continued collaboration from traditional leaders in the transformational agenda.
Moving from Akwamu, the President made brief stops at Atimpoku and Kpong where he interacted with traders and commercial drivers at both areas.
After that, he inspected the Odumase-Oterporlu road project, and interacted with traders at the Nkurakan market, where he assured the traders of government’s continued efforts to provide increased access to micro finance facilities.