The regional tours rolled out by the President, John Dramani Mahama, to account to Ghanaians on his performance and to justify why, he should be retained in office, would this week take him to the Brong Ahafo Region, the home region of his wife; Lordina Mahama.
It is, however, unclear whether Mrs. Mahama, who had stayed away from her husband’s ‘’Accounting to the People tour” to the Western, Eastern, Volta regions, will tomorrow accompany him, as he inaugurate infrastructural projects executed by his administration and inspects those ongoing.
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) enjoys an overwhelming support from the Brong Ahafo. Indeed, the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, former National Organizer of the NDC, Yaw Boateng Gyan, and Cocoboard boss, Dr. Stephen Opuni, who are stalwarts of the NDC, hail from the region, seen as one of the major food baskets of the country. But it is unclear, if these personalities, will be part of the President Mahama’s entourage tomorrow.
Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, is also from the Brong Ahafo Region, but again, it is not clear, if the she is going to be part of the tour.
What is, however, certain is that Mr. Mahama, is expected to storm the region in the company of his friend and former colleague in Parliament, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, and some sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) to interact with the chiefs and people.
The President, will also be accompanied by some ministers, including the Communication Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, regional party executives and other government appointees, including Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
The president is expected to stay in the region for three days as part of the fourth leg of his tour of the ten regions, ahead of the November 7, general polls.
The President as part of the tour, will inaugurate some Community Day Senior High Schools completed in the region, and also inspect works on some road networks under construction, especially the Cocoa Roads.
The region has witnessed some major infrastructural development under the NDC administration, including the University for Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) at Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional capital. The university seeks to provide leadership in the management of energy and natural resources; it is expected to be a centre of excellence in the critical area of energy resources.
The president as part of the tour, is also expected to dismiss some of the deliberate misinformation by elements in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that, the NDC, was doing nothing in the region.
President Mahama, might also touch on the DKN microfinance and God is love Fun Club, which operated in the region, and ended up duping depositors.
The president, will also be expected to speak on the issue of the ban on the exportation of Cashew by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, led by Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah. The ban which was placed to make cashew available to the Ghanaian processing factories was subsequently lifted to the delight of the farmers.