The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the Opposition National Democratic Congress has underscored the need for the president Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo to pay attention to projects started by the erstwhile administration particularly in the eastern region as he starts his tour in the region.
The president, Nana Akufo Addo began a three day tour in the Eastern Region on Wednesday to paty courtesy call on some chiefs as well as inspecting projects in the region.
A statement signed by the Eastern Regional Secretary of the NDC, Mark Oliver Kevor admonished the president to complete projects started by former president John Mahama since governance is a continuum process.
“Whilst we reckon that president Akufo-Addo will inspect projects completed by former president John Mahama like the Nkawkaw-Atibie road, proposed technical college of education at Afosu, and some private establishments, the president must also be interested in critical projects he has abandoned since he assumed office. Notable are about five abandoned community Day SHS at various stages of completion…” the statement said.
It further urged the president to inspect the abandoned Kwahu East District Hospital Abetifi whilst he goes to inspect the Nkawkaw- Atibie road completed by the former president, John Dramani Mahama.
Below is the full statement:
National Democratic Congress
Eastern Regional Secretariat
President Akuffo Addo ER Tour – Matters arising
We have taken notice, the intended tour of the President, Nana Akufo Addo, of the Eastern Region as we near a very dry and quite Christmas. We will like to bring to the attention of the president certain developments in the Region which his representatives may not draw his attention to.
- Whilst we reckon that President Akufo-Addo will inspect projects completed by President Mahama like the Nkawkaw-Atibie road, proposed technical college of education at Afosu, and some private establishments, the President must also be interested in critical projects he has abandoned since he assumed office. Notable are about five (5) abandoned Community Day SHS at various stages of completion. This project is critical in the wake of recent reports of meningitis and swine flu epidemics which some Senior High Schools in the Region and across the country have been victims. The president should take the opportunity to visit at least one Senior High School to experience at first hand the state of congestion and disorder that puts the life of these young students in danger. The previous NDC government completed the Community Day SHS at Mim-Chemfreh, Maame Krobo, Kwahu-Fodoa, Akim-Takorasi, Akim Nyanoa-Kwaobaa which have been populated with students which otherwise could have exercebated the present conditions. The President should as a matter of urgency, complete those at Akim-Nyafoman, Apesua, Oborpah, Sekesua and Anum Apapam.
- The President, whilst on his way to pay a courtesy call on the Kwahuhene, or to inspect the Nkawkaw-Atibie road completed by President John Mahama, should take sometime to inspect the abandoned Kwahu East District Hospital at Abetifi. This project which is over 70% completed is on the heart of the Chiefs and People of Kwahu.
The Regional Minister must also lead the President to visit native farmers who have been displaced from their villages by Fulani herdsmen and have become refugees in Kwahu Hweehwee. The children of such farmers will not be privileged to have a Christmas party with the president, unlike those in Kyebi on Friday. This is as a result of the lukewarm and unresponsive action to their plight.
- We are happy and expect that, true to the Campaign rhetoric, the president will tour by land and have an appreciation of the extent of damage his decision not to continue critical roads like the Nkawkaw to Abirem road has caused and as a matter of urgency, we urge him to take action and continue those roads.
- The President must also be aware that his commitment to fight small-scale miners have been characterised by discrimination. His Regional minister has explained away such discriminatory control, citing bribery on the part of the Operation Vanguard, a criminal act in the knowledge of the Regional Minister who is leading your tour this week. No concrete action has been taken despite the Minister’s knowledge of such crimes.
- We are also sure the President has learnt lessons from his embarrassment in other regions not to commission or re-commission projects completed and sometimes already commissioned by the Mahama administration in the view of claiming sole credits.
- We wish the President well on his maiden tour of his home region and to remind him to visit at least two major markets in the region to ascertain what Christmas means to the people of the region this year.
We thank you and wish every Ghanaian, especially in the Eastern Region, a moderate Merry Christmas.
Regional Communications Officer
Story by: Kwame Ampomah