Sunyani — SUNYANI residents yesterday joined their brothers and sisters throughout the country in the call on President John Dramani Mahama to gird up his loins and begin fulfilling his election promises, following his successful inauguration as the fourth President of the Fourth Republic in Accra.
A company executive, Mr. Isaac Ayitey, Managing Director of Primetime Ghana Recruitment Agency, urged President Mahama to hit the ground running after being sworn in and inaugurated as the President, because he had already been in charge as the care-taker President and ought to have already identified the right kind of people to appoint and help fulfill his ambition.
"I had the opportunity to watch and listen to the President live on television, where he reiterated his assurance to fulfill the promises made to the electorate during the electioneering period. I hope he does not let the electorate down," said Mr. Ayitey, managing director of Primetime Ghana Recruitment Agency, said.
Mr. Ayitey also called on Ghanaians to unite and support the newly-sworn in President to enable him to fulfill the nation's expectations.
Despite the fact that the NPP is in court challenging the result declared by the Electoral Commission (EC), Ayitey advised President Mahama to remain focused in fulfilling his promise, till the Supreme Court gives it ruling, and also called on the NPP to patiently await the decision of the Court.
On his part, Mr. Emmanuel Kusi, a newspaper Vendor, expressed concern about the high rate of unemployment rate among the youth, saying "It is my hope that President Mahama considers the plight of the unemployed youth and the private sector, and to create more jobs to boost the economy of the country."
According to Mr. Kusi, his business is gradually dwindling because of the high cost of newspapers which makes it impossible for readers to buy. He pointed out that newspaper companies, particularly the private ones, continually complain of high cost of production, which compels them to increase the prices.
Mr. Albert Addae, a teacher at the Sacred Heart Junior High School, in his contribution, welcomed President Mahama's promise of working hard to place Ghana on the right path, but was worried that it could be one of those habitual political talk, full of deceit.
He urged the President to abide by his words and lead the people over the hurdles and obstacles that might threaten to distract the country from meeting its goals, as stated in his inaugural address.
Ms. Mary Appiah, a Nurse, called on the general public to have faith and trust in the President and support him in his quest to move Ghana Forward, regardless of one's political inclination so that Ghana would be the winner at the end.
Ms. Appiah advised Ghanaians to minimize the unnecessary noise about leaders and criticize them responsibly, and hold them accountable to their deeds, "it is time we put aside our political spectacles and lived as Ghanaians yearning for development and give commendation when necessary and condemn when due."
Samuel Agbewode also reports from Ho that residents in the metropolis expressed joy over President Mahama's inauguration.
However, there was no open expression of joy as compared to the day the President was declared the winner of the 2012 general elections, as most of the people monitored the occasion on their television sets in shops, homes and offices, as business activities continued normally.
In separate interviews with The Chronicle in Ho, the residents wished the President well and hoped that he would work hard to improve on the living standard of the people, because expectation of the people are very high and non performance on the part of the government would be a total disappointment to the people, particularly those in the Volta region.
Mr. Alex Komatsi, a businessman, said the expectation of people in the Volta region would basically be the completion of the eastern corridor road, provision of potable drinking water, electricity, establishment of industries to create jobs for the people, particularly the youth.
Drivers plying the Sogakope -Adidome-Ho road also commended President John Dramani Mahama on his victory and successful inauguration but reminded him of the high expectations of drivers to help ensure that various projects started during the late President John Evans Atta Mills regime of which he (Mahama) was the Vice President in the road sector would be completed.
The drivers said one major project in the road sector in Volta region is the Mafi-Asiekpe section to Ho being the second phase of the Sogakope-Adidome -Ho -Fume road, which the late President cut the sod for work to continue after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led government had completed the first phase of work up to Mafi-Kpedzegblo.
The drivers called on the President, to as a matter of urgency, constitute an independent body to investigate circumstances leading to the situation where after almost four years of awarding the road to four contractors, no serious work was done.
Mr. George Tsifodze, one of the drivers, pointed out that they (drivers) had come to notice that serious attention was accorded to projects, outside the region, as compared to projects in the Volta region and stressed that the continuous delay on the Sogakope-Adidome-Ho road was a major concern to drivers.
He explained that the Volta region was noted for its massive support for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), but it seems to most of them that the NPP that they never support rather did great work for the drivers, as compared to the NDC, stressing their belief that if the NPP had continued in government for the past four years, the Sogakope-Adidome-Ho road would have been completed by now.
Another driver, Joy Milewot also observed that the delay in the construction of the Sogakope-Adidome-Ho road should be one of the projects that ought to attract the attention of President Mahama because the project continue to tarnish the image of the NDC because the same NDC tried to construct the road but abandoned it long before the NPP took over the administration of the nation and completed half of the project before being booted out of government.
Mr. Milewotso noted that Sogakope-Adidome-Ho Fume road is the shortest road to the southern part of the region but drivers had to ply the Ho-Aflao-Akatsi road to Sogakope, especially during the rainy season, a situation he said denied people, particularly farmers and traders along that part of the region, to have easy access to transport to convey their goods to market centers.
However, some civil servants who pleaded anonymity, lauded President Mahama's speech on his inaugural ceremony, as he clearly showed his determination to improve on the economic life of Ghanaians, by creating more jobs to reduce the unemployment problem being experienced in the country.
They also urged the President to promote industrialization by establishing industries in the Volta region as a way of creating jobs as well as building confidence in the youth of the region that could make it in their own region rather than migrating to Accra and other cities and towns in search of non-existing citing white colour jobs.
From Bolgatanga, William N-lanjerborr Jalulah reports that most people in the Upper East Region stayed glued to their TV and radio sets in their homes and in offices to either watch or listen to the inaugural ceremony of President John Dramani Mahama on Monday, January 7.
Some people initially thought the day was a public holiday, but when it was officially announced by the Ministry of the Interior that the day was not a holiday, they redirected their minds and energy towards their works and businesses.
Checks in most offices, market places and even along the main streets showed that people took advantage of technology to either watch the ceremony live on TV or listen to live via affiliate local radio stations that picked it live.
Even though the day was not an official holiday, a visit to the ministries and some key departments and agencies, except the health facilities, showed low turnout of people. Some of the workers who spoke to The Chronicle expressed different opinions.
Whilst some suggested such an important day should be declared a public holiday, others disagreed and said there were too many holidays in Ghana, and moreso the inauguration of a President is only once in four years.
The National Democratic Congress's flag and paraphernalia were seen on a few taxi cabs and other private vehicles.
Meanwhile, due to the recent shortage of fuel in the country, this hit the Upper East Region, with long queues at the filling stations.
There were no NDC executive to talk to, but a senior member of the party's regional communication team, Mr. Abdallah Salifu disclosed that most of the youth who would have jubilated had been bused to Accra for the ceremony.
According to him, Bolgatanga constituency alone had dispatched six buses loaded with the youth to Accra for the ceremony. Each bus, he said, had a passenger capacity of 60. The regional executive also commandeered 3 buses for 10 delegates from each of the 15 constituencies to take part.
It was believed that after close of work yesterday; most NDC supporters would meet in small groups for merry making and joyous mood.