10 December 2007

Ghana: Akomadan Prepares for New Status

With major renovation exercise

Few months after being named as the district capital for the newly created Offinso North District, the people of Akomadan have begun massive preparation towards improving the infrastructural status ahead of the take off the new district next year.

As a matter of urgency, the Akomadan Citizens Association both local and abroad has agreed to embark on the renovation of the only Health Centre in the community which has hitherto not seen any massive renovation since its establishment 21years ago.

A sod cutting ceremony has therefore been performed for work to commence on the renovation of the dilapidated hospital which is expected to cost over ¢600 million.

The President of the Akomadan Concerned Citizens Association, Mr. Moses Duku noted that at a time the government's policy of the National Health Insurance Scheme was geared towards ensuring the quality healthcare for every citizen in the country, communities must also contribute in diverse ways to ensure the successful implementation of this laudable initiative.

He said through the little contributions being made by some citizens of the community both home and in abroad, the hospital had been provided with equipment to facilitate the provision of health care delivery in the community and further appealed to the people in the community to remain united and to cooperate fully with local authorities to ensure the accelerated development of the area.

Meanwhile, a colorful durbar of the chiefs and people of the town have been held to commemorate the occasion of the naming of the town as the district capital by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Kyidomhene of the community, Nana Assumin expressed the hope that with the creation of the new district, the socio- economic development of the people in the area would be adequately improved

He said the gesture was a fine opportunity for the community to also present to the whole nation the contribution it could make to the development of the country's economy particularly through Agriculture.

Nana Assuming noted that the community was the leading producer of quality tomato in the country and expressed the optimism that with the siting of the district capital at Akomadan, a lot of investment opportunities would be created in order to add value to the product which most at times get perished as a result of lack of storage facilities and industry for processing of the product.

The Kyidomhene of the community on behalf of the town expressed his joy and profound gratitude to the government and President Kufuor

Like the Ashaiman-Adenta feud which resulted following the naming of the latter as the capital for the new district, the youth of Nkenkansu also bore tooth over the citing of the capital at Akomadan.

They had argued that their community had been more loyal to the NPP government than Akomadan which past electoral records showed had always voted for the NDC Party.

The District Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Collins Ntim in a speech read on his behalf asked the people to be cautious of their utterances in the midst of the misunderstandings that have erupted between the community and their rival town Nkenkansu concerning the sitting of the district capital.

He noted that it was not the time to fight over which deserved or did not deserve the capital but instead the people's attention should focus on how to make the most of the opportunity.

Meanwhile, work on the construction of the new administration block was expected to begin very soon as the youth of the town have started clearing the site to pave way fro the Chinese contractor to commence the project.

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