Former President John Mahama, the Election 2020 flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed that the party’s 2020 Manifesto captured the Oti Region as suitable for an agro-processing enclave.
He explained that the area, which was noted for rice production needed the support and assistance to enable them process the product in addition to animal rearing.
“The region’s location shows if money is invested into it, it will yield enough revenue to ensure creation of jobs to prevent rural-urban migration and a rice factory for the region will save $800 million used for rice importation every year.
Former President Mahama, addressing Oti Regional House of Chiefs and other sub- chiefs at Nkwanta during his “Thank you” tour to the region, noted that a poultry factory for Oti would also produce eggs and chicken for the entire country, thereby saving money used for importing eggs and chicken.
He stated that palm plantations in the region would also save the country from importation of about 437,000 metric tonnes of palm oil being imported from Malaysia and that Hardships under New Patriotic Party (NPP) government including increment in fuel prices, prices of cement and roofing sheets were worst as compared to his administration.
“The Eastern Corridor is a major project under NDC, which would have been completed since 2018, and contractors were on site during my administration, there is the need for roads to be completed and routinely maintained,” former President Mahama said.
Ofosu Ampofo, National Chairman of the NDC, indicated that NDC made plans to construct regional hospitals and public universities in all new regions, which would have been created “if we had won power,” and commended “traditional authorities and the people for taking into consideration long-term development not influenced by monetary gains.
Nana Kanawu Chederi II, averred that the former president’s visit was prelude to “bigger votes” from the people of the region in 2024, and assured that he would garner 50,000 votes in 2024 due to warm reception he received from the region, his charisma, honesty, humility and openness.
“The former president’s God fearing and respect for tenets of power saved the state from being plunged into chaos during the 2020 general election and his predecessor’s stance on LGBTQI+ was well-known, unambiguous and admirable because societal norms of the citizenry represented were taken into consideration,” he proffered. -GNA