John Mahama sets Juapong agog … as he begins tour in Volta Region
From Samuel Agbewode, Juapong
The Juapong Township in the North Tongu District of the Volta region was thrown into a political campaign grounds, ahead of the President’s visit to the town, as part of his three day tour of the region.
The Streets in the town were decorated with the colours of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), with many supporters dressed in party colours.
The Day was also a market day at Juapong which made it very difficult for people to get to the Methodist School Park, the venue for the rally, to welcome the NDC Presidential Candidate to the Volta Region. Both old and young struggled to cash a glimpse of the President.
Finally, when the President sat down and it was time for him to address the large crowd, he first apologized to the chiefs and people for the delay. Mr. Dramani Mahama assured the chiefs and people of North Tongu District of government’s programmes and activities that would ensure that they have a fair share of national resources, without any form of discrimination.
The President explained that all development projects started under the late President Evans Atta Mills’ administration would be completed to improve the socio-economic lives of the people.
Mr. Mahama pointed out that government would continue to provide the needed development for the people and called on them to vote massively for him in the 2012 general elections.
He said plans were far advanced to revamp the Volta Star Textile Factory at Juapong, as government would soon ensure that investors take over the factory to make it more viable.
President Mahama promised the chiefs and people of the Dorfor traditional area that the government would build a modern dormitory and administration block for the Dorfor Senior High School at Juapong, to help promote educational activities in the area, noting that all the promises could be fulfilled only when they voted for him as the President, in the forthcoming general elections.
The Acting Paramount Chief of the Dorfor Traditional Area, Togbe Ananze III, said the chiefs and people of the area were not happy about the way government was treating the people, in terms of development to the area, and pointed in particular the siting of the new North Tongu District at Battor.
Togbe Ananze explained that the people in the area would have to travel through seven districts, from Sege to Battor, to participate in the activities of the Assembly, because the short way to the place is no more safe.
The Acting Paramount Chef continued that the area had been neglected for far too long and stressed that the people could only support the NDC Candidate if their request in terms of development was met.
The chief was not happy that important projects such as the tarring of the Juapong-Mafi-Adidome road and the Juapong–Podoe to Abutia roads have been abandoned.
Togbe Ananze said it was very important for the government to revamp the Volta Star Textile Factory to help create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the area, stressing that the chiefs and people in the area were surprised when 300 youth at the factory were dismissed about three weeks ago, at the time the people were calling for more youth to be employed.
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