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PLAN TO BUILD BRIDGE OVER OTI RIVER: PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT

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President Akufo-Addo has said there are development plans for all six of the newly created regions which will ensure that there is equitable distribution of infrastructural facilities in all of them.

President Akufo-Addo has said there are development plans for all six of the newly created regions which will ensure that there is equitable distribution of infrastructural facilities in all of them.

 

The President was speaking yesterday at a durbar of chiefs and people in Dambai, capital of Oti, during his tour of the new region.

He also presented eight vehicles to the Regional Co-ordinating Council to help facilitate a smooth take-off for the new region.

The vehicles, which include three Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drives and five pick-ups, were received by the Oti Regional Minister, Kwasi Owusu Yeboah.

Bridge over Oti

Touching on matters of interest to the region, President Akufo-Addo said a Dutch company, FDN Group, has made a proposal to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to build a bridge over the Oti River.

“The pre-feasibility studies have been completed, the financial terms are being examined today at the Ministry of Finance, and the Roads Minister is waiting for a ‘no objection letter’ from Finance before they can negotiate the construction agreement, which will be brought to cabinet and then to Parliament for approval,” he said.

Moreover, “Should all these processes go according to plan, by the fourth quarter of this year, construction of the bridge over Oti River would have begun,” the President said.

At the same time, President Akufo-Addo announced that work on the region’s road network will also begin soon, with the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road scheduled to commence in July.

“Dambai town roads, together with the roads in Krachi, are on the programme of the Minister. Your roads are dear to my heart and I am working on them.
“Now, you have your own region, and we are determined to ensure that your developmental needs are accelerated,” he said.

Work in progress

Having inspected the building site for the regional administration block, President Akufo-Addo announced that the head of the Local Government Service has already selected staff to work at the Regional Co-ordinating Council.

“So far, the regional co-ordinating director, regional economic planning officer, regional agricultural director, regional fire commander, regional electoral officer, regional human resource manager, regional internal auditor, regional information officer, regional Commission on Culture officer, regional land use and spatial planning officer are all here at Dambai and have started work,” the President said.

He urged the pioneer staff “to work hard and begin on a sound footing, so that everybody will know that they came to do their best for the Oti Region. I will pay particular attention to the work they will be doing in Oti.”

Positive change

The paramount chief of Krachi Traditional Area, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, said even though the creation of the Oti Region had been long overdue, “God works through his chosen men and women as vessels of positive change.

“He chose Your Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to effect the positive change for the people of the Oti Region and bring them to the promised land.”

A promise kept

Nana Besemuna expressed appreciation on behalf of the chiefs and people to the President for fulfilling his 2016 campaign promise and facilitating Oti’s creation.

“We are most grateful to you, and assure you that your name will be engraved in letters of gold in the annals of the Oti Region.
“As at now, we can only use our mouths to say thank you, ayekoo, but God Almighty who rewards hard work, we are sure, will reward you at the appropriate time for your work in Oti Region,” Nana Besemuna said.

“We shall never forget you.”