President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the people of Sefwi and Aowin in the new Western North Region, to keep the faith with the government, saying “I will deliver on my promises.”
“I have not slept, it’s a matter of time, the developments we desire will come in God’s own time, and, with God, I will deliver on my pledge. Indeed, I was not seeking just your votes, but, that Western North Region will also have a fair share of development,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed a durbar at Sefwi Wiawso on Wednesday, as part of his duty tour of the Western North Region.
He told the chiefs and people of the area that, it was the desire of the government that Western North would have its own administrative jurisdiction to ensure the rapid development of the area, adding, that, the Minister for Regional Integration and Development and his team, had already laid a strong foundation for a smooth take-off of the structures.
He indicated that he would inspect the land earmarked for the construction of the new regional office, announcing that the Head of Local Government Services had dispatched staff with eight vehicles to begin work in earnest in the Western North Region.
On roads, President Akufo-Addo indicated that work on the Nkwanta-Adjoafoa stretch of the Benchemaa-Oseikojo road was ongoing repairs whiles the Essam section was also receiving bitumen surface.
He said that the Sefwi Akontombra road was also under construction and expected to be completed, this year.
Engineering processes for the Akontombra-Benchemaa section, he told the durbar, had already started and would soon be awarded, and, by 2020, completed, adding “all these roads would soon be in shape.”
“Again the Debiso-Enchi road first section will be tarred. It has been suspended for three years, but, would be repaired this year. The Enchi-Elubo road is part of the Synohydro projects. The Sefwi Wiawso town roads would also be commissioned, that is 5.4 km for Lot one at the cost of GH¢13.6 million. Second section of 8.10km to be completed by December is ongoing,” he stated.
“Nananom, you realise that I have not slept, your roads are dear to my heart. I have come to tell you that your votes have not been in vain. We are here to ensure that we provide your needs.My plea is that the Western North and the Western Region work together in peace and unityand without any conflict at all times and work for development,” President Akufo-Addo urged.
He said he was desirous to move outside the Jubilee House, visit the countryside, monitor developments and also interact with the people, starting with the Western North Region.
He expressed his gratitude to the Western North for the faith they had and for voting overwhelmingly in the referendum to ensure the creation of one of the new regions in Ghana.
He said “I told you that if you vote for me we will find all lawful means for the creation of the Western North and we have come to do it in God’s own time. Indeed, I have not changed my mind and Iam here to ensure that we have a strong region, the Western North. I thank Dan Botwe for the hard work and the peaceful processes.”
The Omanhene of Sefwi Wiawso, Okatakyie Kwasi Bumanga, appealed to the President to ensure that the Western North offices were well resourced to ensure smooth administration.
Earlier, President Akufo-Addo inspected the GH¢2.9 million lecture halls and offices project for the Bibiani Health College.
Funded by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Foundation, the project is expected to be completed by 2020 and help increase enrolment intothe health care profession.
The principal, Ms Stella Sarpomaa Oppong said the construction of the new facility had come as a big relief to meet the ever growing enrollment into the school, and said that, currently, the old facility could accommodate only 210, but, hoped that more than 600 students would be admitted in February 2020 when the new projects was completed.
PIC Shows The Regional Minister Western North, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, second left) conducting President Akufo-Addo round the Bibiani College of Health Sciences.With him are the Principal Stella Sapomaa Oppong (Left) and the Omanhene of Sefwi Anhwiaso,Ogyeahowo,Yaw Gyebi in cloth.
FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEFWI WIAWSO