23 January 2013

Ghana: Ahafo Ano Pleads With Prez - Give Us a Ministerial Post

Kumasi — THE PEOPLE of Ahafo section of Ashanti, which has come to be known as Ahafo Ano, have appealed to President John Mahama to consider a citizen of the area for a Ministerial appointment in his government.

An Accra-based legal practitioner and Wirempehene of Tepa Traditional Area, Nana Otafregya Osei Bonsu II, who made the appeal on behalf of the indigenes, noted that the area abounds in prominent men capable of holding positions of trust in governance.

He also said the area has contributed to the national food security by way of feeding the nation besides growing the economy from cocoa production, yet the area has not benefited a ministerial appointment by the various governments since independence.

The chief noted that various governments have not taken cognizance of the area following its geographical position, which lies between Ashanti and Brong Ahafo, and hoped under the decentralization policy, the government would consider appointing a Minister from the area to contribute to the effective development of the area.

Nana Osei Bonsu said now that the people have helped the party to secure a seat in Parliament it would be appropriate for the government to recognize their contribution to this singular electoral feat and reward them with a Ministerial appointment.

"It would be an honour to appoint a citizen to a ministerial capacity, for the fact that the people helped the NDC to annex the seat from the NPP", he said.

The Wirempehene noted that it would be an honour for Ashanti generally and the people of the area in particular if the Mahama government would break the myth and appoint a son of the area as a Minister.

"This should not be too big a request to make considering the reasons enumerated above" the chief said. He said such an appointment would also go to help forge a better collaboration by the government and Asanteman Council towards development of Ashanti.

According to the Wirempehene, Asanteman has enhanced development of the area by focusing on programmes under the Otumfuo Education Fund and the World Bank Promoting Partnership with Traditional Authorities Project (PPTAP) and hoped a Minister from the area would be in a good stead to co-ordiante programmes by both the government and Asanteman for the benefit of the people.

Nana Osei Bonsu also commended the District Chief Executive, Hon Addai Amankwah for the yeoman's work he did to ensure NDC victory at the last polls. He said but for his (DCE) developmental efforts, the people would not have come to terms with the programmes and Policies of the government which realisation translated into votes and culminated in the NDC taking over the parliamentary seat at the elections.

The Wirempehene emphasized that there is no reason he (DCE) should not be maintained in office to continue the works he started and gained confidence of the people in the government.

He said but for the effectiveness of the DCE and his able technocrats, development would have eluded the area which has not had the benefit of a Ministerial appointment for years.

Meanwhile, Nana Osei Bonsu has commended the government for the appointment of Mr. Akwasi Oppong Fosu as the Minister designate for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

He noted that Mr. Oppong Fosu, who he described as hard working and experienced, deserves the appointment as the sector Minister, having learnt the rudiments of local governance from his exposure as the once longest serving DCE for Ahafo Ano North district before rising to the present position through the National Association of Local Authority of Ghana (NALAG) on the domestic and international scenes.

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