The Bono East Regional Minister, Kwasi Adu-Gyan, has assured the Atebubu Traditional Council of his commitment to the development of the traditional area and the Atebubu-Amantin Municipality as a whole.
The Minister gave the assurance at a meeting with members of the Council as part of a one day tour of the Municipality, which also saw him inspect a number of development projects.
Welcoming the Minister, the acting President of the Council, Nana Kwabena Kyere III, thanked him for his support during the burial rites of the late Omanhene of Atebubu, Nana Owusu Akyeaw Brempong II.
He enumerated a number of issues facing the area, which included lack of potable water, poor health facilities and roads network, inadequate school buildings, the re-emergence of armed robberies, the Fulani herdsmen menace, and a stalled astro turf football pitch project.
In response Adu-Gyan said the cost intensive nature of the Atebubu water system had necessitated its transfer from the domain of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to the Ghana Water Company Limited, adding that feasibility studies and relevant designs had been completed awaiting the signing of a contract between the Ministry of Finance and a Turkish company that would see to the execution of the job.
He said in spite of the economic recession being faced by the country currently, plans were far advanced to upgrade the Municipal Hospital, while a lot more of Atebubu town roads would soon see a face-lift.
On the re-emergence of armed robbery activities, the Minister assured the gathering that the Regional Security Council, which he heads, would reconsider the situation on the ground and take the most appropriate steps to address it.
He urged Nananom to desist from allocating their lands to Fulani herdsmen, a move that, in his estimation, was key to the reduction of the threat that these nomads posed to both lives and property in the area.
On the abandoned astro turf project, the Minister promised to contact the Middle Belt Development Authority under whose auspices the project was started to ensure its completion.
Present were the Atebubu-Amantin Municipal Chief Executive, Edward Owusu, and the Queenmother of the Atebubu traditional area, Nana Afia Donyina II.