General News of Friday, 26 October 2012
President John Dramani Mahama says the only way Ghana can develop and move forward is through consistent peace and unity among the people.
President Mahama made the observation when he joined the chiefs and people of Odumase Krobo to celebrate their annual Anyaklo Ngmayem festival.
He said the “perennial conflicts and disunity will remain a bane to our (Ghana’s) development if we do not fight hard to resist all forms of violence and misconduct in our daily activities.”
He said due to the disagreements between two factions in the area, compensation for the Kpong head work have still not been paid as well as the compensation for the mining of limestones by GHACEM.
“It is only when you received compensation payment and revenue from the limestone that you can invest meaningfully in the human resource aspect of your area. You need to come together as one people in order to demand your rights,” the president said.
The festival, which is agriculturally-oriented, is a homecoming event, which enables the indigenes to come home to give thanks for bountiful harvest, pray for abundance yield in the succeeding years, and settle their differences to forge ahead for development.
The celebration also provides an opportunity for the people to display their rich culture heritage through drumming, singing and dancing.
President Mahama announced that the expansion of Kpong Hydro water project would help to provide adequate water supplies to all communities in the Krobo areas.
He called on the people to throw their support behind the government behind to achieve their development goals.
He said government would refurbish and expand all technical and vocational schools as a way of giving opportunities to skilled Ghanaians to take up technical responsibilities in the society.
The President said government would also train more teachers to account for the heavy deficit in the profession and offer the opportunity for deprived schools to receive adequate qualified teachers.
He announced that the Agormanya market had been awarded on contract and would be provided with stores, sheds and stalls.
Nene Sakite II, Konor of Manya pleaded with government to work on roads in the area, which he said had deteriorated over the years.
He called on the people to bury their differences and support government to provide them with all the necessary development projects.