‘Show interest in govt initiatives’

 Nana Owusu Brempong

Nana Owusu Brempong

Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong, Ashanti Regional representative of the Council of State, has appealed to the youth to show keen interest and actively participate in the various government socio-economic initiatives to create employment for themselves.

He explained that government’s rural economic interventions such as the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’, ‘Planting for Export and Rural Development’, as well as the ‘One- District-One-Factory, were aimed at boosting agricultural production, agri-business in rural communities and to create employment opportunities.

Nana Brempong made the appeal at a town hall meeting organised by the Sekyere Kumawu District Assembly and the Ministry of Information at Oyoko.

The meeting was to create a platform for the local government officials and other key stakeholders to interact with the people and explain the various development projects and programmes to them.

It was also to offer opportunity to the people in the communities to raise their concerns and discuss various development challenges affecting them in the communities for solution.

Nana Brempong, who is also the chief of Akrofonso in the Sekyere South District, praised the people for showing interest and participating in the town hall meeting an indication of their interest in speedy development of their district.

Samuel Agyekum, District Chief Executive for Sekyere South, said about 102 hectares of maize and tomato farms had been planted under the Planting for Food and Jobs, construction works on a warehouse project at Wonoo and buffer stock project at Abena-Ato would soon commence to address post-harvest loss challenges in the area.

He said 83,000 of cashew seedlings had been distributed free of charge to farmers to plant under the Planting for Food and Jobs and export programme and an intravenous infusion factory would also be set up under the one-district-one-factory programme.

Philip Basoah, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, advised the citizenry to engage local governance officials to gain insights into the policies, programmes and projects which were being implemented in their communities.

Nana Akrasi Sarpong, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Information Services Department, said the essence of the town hall meetings were to promote citizens’ active participation in the governance process in their localities.

Nana Kwame Agyekum, Ankobeahene of the Oyoko traditional area, commended the assembly for creating the opportunity for the people to share their views on the development process in the district. -GNA

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