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The paramount chief of the Jasikan Traditional Area, Nana Abram Akpanja VI, has commended President Akufo-Addo for implementing various audacious pro-poor policies within a record two years of being voted into office.

The paramount chief of the Jasikan Traditional Area, Nana Abram Akpanja VI, has commended President Akufo-Addo for implementing various audacious pro-poor policies within a record two years of being voted into office.

The chief is also impressed by the government’s prudent management of the economy and the results it has produced for the country.

“The management of the Ghanaian economy under your leadership has led to a big drop in inflation rate to a single digit of 9 per cent, whilst economic growth has doubled from about 3 per cent to 6 per cent in two years of your rule,” the chief said yesterday as he welcomed the President to the Oti Region at the start of a two-day working visit.

The visit is part of the President’s six-day tour of the new Oti, North-East and Savannah Regions.

Star of Africa

Nana Abram Akpanja VI further observed that within just two years of the handover to President Akufo-Addo, “Ghana’s economic performance is on record as one of the best in Africa currently.

“Under your human capital programme, the Free Senior High School policy has opened up immeasurable opportunities for more young Ghanaians.

“The agricultural and services sectors have recorded, during the short time of your regime, over 100 per cent growth from what you inherited. This, together with other factors, have resulted in a decline in interest rates, thus creating a better climate for business and growth,” Nana Akpanja said.

“Political midwives”

The chief further expressed his appreciation to the President and the NPP government for “being the political midwives that oversaw the safe and successful delivery of the Oti Region”.

“We can never find the appropriate words to convey our joy, appreciation and gratitude to you for making this half-a-century-old dream of our people, including our ancestors, come true in our time,” the chief told the President.

With the demand for Oti beginning in 1954, before Ghana gained independence, the Jasikan chief said: “Buem, Biakoye, Sall, Jasikan will for ever be grateful to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for demonstrating boldness and commitment to principle, notwithstanding the strong, needless opposition against the Oti project by people who had always wished that we, in this part of Ghana, remained relatively [undeveloped] for reasons best known to them.”

He said even though he and his people were disappointed by the decision not to site the regional capital in Jasikan, they are delighted with President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to ensure an even spread of development infrastructure throughout the region.

He therefore appealed to the President to consider locating the soon-to-be-built Oti Regional Hospital at Worawora, and a University of Information/Communications Technology and Urban Planning at Jasikan, saying: “This could go a long way to compensate for the leadership role, efforts and expectations our people had invested towards the creation of the Oti Region.”

Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu

Later, at a durbar held in his honour, President Akufo disclosed that work on the 54-kilometre Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu section of the Eastern Corridor Road will commence from July this year.

He said US$45 million has been earmarked for the project, under phase one of the $2 billion Sinohydro deal.

President Akufo-Addo recalled how in 2016 he had said he was yet to see the so-called unprecedented infrastructural projects touted by his immediate predecessor, John Dramani Mahama.

“I stated … that wherever I had been to, I never saw these so-called unprecedented infrastructural projects he [Mahama] claimed he had done. He responded by telling me that I was asleep, the reason why I hadn’t seen these projects.

“However, there has not been a single durbar across the country where I have been where the issue of the poor road network has been raised by the chiefs and people,” the President said.

Lies and propaganda

He urged political leaders always to be truthful to Ghanaians, saying: “Lies, inaccuracies and misrepresentations should not be the hallmark of political leaders.

“I will not say I have done the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road when, indeed, it has not been constructed. I will never say such a thing.”

The President assured residents of Jasikan that they will not lag behind in development following the creation of the Oti Region.

“We are going to make sure that there is an even spread of infrastructural facilities in the region. Every part of Oti will have their fair share of development,” he said.

En route to Nkwanta, the President stopped over at Ntruboman Senior High School, where he presented a school bus and pick-up to the staff and students. This was to fulfil a pledge.

He also cut the sod for construction of the 12-kilometre Kpassa-Mama Akura road, and launched work on classroom and dormitory blocks at the Nkwanta Senior High School.