Minister raises funds for construction of footbridge in Sunyani

The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, has set up a development committee to raise funds for the construction of the first-ever footbridge, to control the increasing rate of pedestrian knockdowns in Sunyani, the regional capital.

The 30-member committee, comprising representatives from religious and Christian organisations, and the business community, are tasked to raise funds to build the steel footbridge and to also reduce the unusual human and vehicular traffic being experienced in the capital recently.

Madam Owusu Banahene (m) with ministers of the gospel at the fund raiser

Speaking at the launch of the fund-raising rally in Sunyani, Madam Owusu-Banahene appealed to wealthy individuals, corporate and religious bodies, as well as Bono citizens, home and abroad, to support the construction of the footbridge.

The rally, chaired by the Most Reverend Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese, and attended by church leaders and pastors, evangelists and prophets, as well as other religious bodies and the business community yielded GHC38,000.

Madam Owusu-Banahene said the safety and security of the people, especially school children, were very essential, hence the need to build the footbridge to control vehicular knockdowns, particularly among school children.

She indicated that the government alone could not shoulder the responsibility of bringing the nation’s development to the next level and tasked the committee to work hard in pushing the development of the region forward.

The Mt Rev. Gyamfi, also the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference (GCBC) described the vision of the Regional Minister as laudable and promised the support of the Christian community to make it a reality.

He also added his voice on the need for everybody to support the construction of the footbridge to bring sanity to the Township.

Apostle Dr Richard Ohene Kesse, the Founder of the Sunyani-based Dunamis Word Missions and Convener of the Committee, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that, the Christian community has taken the responsibility to spearhead the development of the region.

He said partisan politics remained the bane of the nation’s socio-economic development, hence the need for the church, as a key partner of development, to come together and contribute towards holistic development.

Besides the spiritual development of the people, Apostle Kesse said the church had a divine responsibility to ensure that the socio-economic lives of the people were improved, and appealed to everybody to embrace and support the fund to raise the needed financial resources required for development.

Apostle Kesse said the committee intended to extend its development agenda to the various District and Municipal Assemblies in the region as well.


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