From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Kenyasi .
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has advised Ghanaians to shun divisive politicians who may attempt to use them to cause political violence ahead of the general elections in 2020.
“I urge you to be bold, ignore, and name and shame politicians and political parties who might use you to cause political violence, which would mar the election,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo was addressing a durbar of the chiefs and people of Kenyasi Number One, Kenyasi Number Two and Ntotroso Traditional areas in the Asutifi North District in the Ahafo Region, as part of his working visit to the Bono, Ahafo and Bono East regions.
According to the President, his government was on course to fulfilling its mandate and enhancing the socio-economic lives of the people. He further gave assurance that his administration would justify the confidence and trust reposed in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) by Ghanaians.
The President said the creation of the new regions would bring local governance to the doorsteps of the people, and asked for the support of the people towards the development of the newly-created regions. “The new region is to bring local governance to the doorsteps of the people, and I ask for your support towards the development of those regions,” he said.
Earlier, the President presented eight vehicles and five motorbikes for the running of the new Ahafo Regional administration, and visited the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) office construction site at Goaso, the regional capital.
At Duayaw Nkwanta in the Tano North Municipality, President Nana Akufo-Addo assured the people that he will fulfill every promise he made to Ghanaians to put his critics to shame. President Akufo-Addo noted that since he took over the administration of the country, his government had initiated a lot of social intervention programmes to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
He said the initial support that the new Ahafo Region needs has been given and infrastructure would be spread across the region. Nana Akufo-Addo noted that on the creation of the new regions, opponents had accused him of deceiving Ghanaians for votes.
He said his opponents were unable to do what they were supposed to do when they were in power, and, therefore, doubted whether the NPP government would be able to fulfill its promises. He said much has been done in the area of Planting for Food and Jobs and other initiatives.
According to the President, three hundred people have been employed under the Nation Builders Corps in the Tano North Constituency, while under Planting for Food and Jobs, Youth in Afforestation, and Pollination 2,500 youths have been employed.
At Tanoso, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inspected the site of Rhovanni Royal Company Limited, one of the enterprises operating under government’s “One District One Factory” (1D1F) programme, located at Tanoso in the Ahafo Region.
The government is currently facilitating the establishment of 181 enterprise projects in 110 Districts, Municipals and Metropolis across the 16 regions of the country. Out of this number, 79 projects of these projects are at various stages of operation. It is expected that the remaining 102 companies will commence work before the end of the year.
The President expressed his satisfaction with the progress of work at the site of the project, especially as local raw materials are going to be used to produce durable products, including bricks, pavement blocks, roofing tiles and panels for the construction industry.
President Akufo-Addo added that the large deposit of clay at Tanoso, where the factory is located, places the enterprise in a competitive position to contribute positively towards the construction of affordable houses for Ghanaians.
He applauded the decision taken by Rhovanni Royal Company Limited to install a one-megawatt solar power unit to make the factory completely independent of the national grid. In addition, the promoters intend to offer the use of their drying ovens at a minimal cost to local potters within the Tanoso community, and also train them in best practices to avoid environmental degradation.
It is expected that employment opportunities will be offered to residents of Tanoso and the surrounding communities, particularly, the youth, with direct employment being offered to 1,800 people, and the creation of some 8,000 indirect jobs.
Once completed, the factory is also expected to reduce significantly the importation of clinker, which stood at some $700 million.
At Bechem, President Akufo-Addo noted that the construction of Bechem town roads had been factored into the phase 1 projects of the $2 billion Government of Ghana-Sinohydro deal, with construction set to start soon.