Mahama Off To Upper East & Northern Regions To Render Account

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By Gifty Arthur/ Samuel Ablordeppey

The president, John Dramani Mahama, will from tomorrow begin the final leg of his “Accounting To The People Tour” in two regions, the Upper East Region and his home region, Northern Ghana.

The tour, will commence in the Upper West Regional capital, Bolgatanga, and follow to other parts of that region, before ending it in the Northern Region.

It comes after a successful completion of his tour of the Upper West Region, the smallest region in the country.
As done in other parts of the eight regions visited so, Mr. Mahama, will inspect various projects be it completed, on-going and cut-sod for new ones.

He is expected to visit institutions, meet with chiefs, opinion leaders, religious leaders, and interact with the ordinary people, to tell them what has been done by his administration and also, hear their needs and encourage them to hope for a better Ghana.

Over the past months, the president, has received several commendations and applause for the many infrastructural projects put up in the Western, Eastern, Central, Brong Ahafo, Volta, the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and the Upper West regions, where he has toured.

The November 7, 2016 presidential and parliamentary polls, is barely five months away, and so parties are getting ready to hit the ground running.

Immediately after the tour in the Northern Region, the president, will head back to Accra to prepare for the launch of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign at the newly built Cape Cape Coast stadium in the Central Region.

Meanwhile, claims on social media platforms that, President Mahama, canceled his two-day tour of the Upper West Region to rush to Kumasi to meet the Asantehene over Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Mayor’s standoff with the Asanteman council, has been denied.

The President ended his tour of the region to the admiration of the chiefs and people, The Herald has learnt.

Radio Gold’s Samuel Ablordeppey, who was part of the President’s media team, reports that the President did not abort his trip.

The President committed to his tight schedule for the entire two days, even heeded to calls by those who ambushed him and spoke to them.

Below is his programme outline for his two-day working visit:

Inspection of ongoing works at the 180-bed regional hospital which is 75% complete, he then proceeded to the Wa Naa’s palace to pay homage to the Wa Naa and other chiefs.
He then went to the Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) campus where he inspected ongoing projects.

President Mahama later inaugurated an ultra modern Wa regional library, then traveled 160km to Wallenbelle to inaugurate water systems for eleven communities in the region. This was the President’s schedule for day one.

On day two of his visit, President Mahama had a breakfast meeting with the religious leaders in the area, then went to cut sod for the construction of a new military barracks, departed to the Wa Prisons where he again inaugurated a 12-unit classroom block for Wa Prisons Basic School complex.
He later journeyed to Nandom to inaugurate the new district assembly office complex before inspecting the Wa Airstrip.

The President after the inspection departed to Kumasi at about 6:30pm on Friday for the 50th congregation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The Upper West Region, was the 8th region the President visited with his “Accounting to the People Tour.

The Chiefs and people of the Upper West Region gave the President a rousing welcome and assured him of their support in the upcoming November 7 general elections.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, has apologised to the traditional authorities in Kumasi, following days of intense pressure and calls for his dismissal.

He rendered an unqualified apology to the Asantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II, and Nananom, for what he described as “actions and inactions on my part, which may have incurred their displeasure.”

The Traditional Council, has demanded the removal of Mr. Bonsu for allegedly grossly disrespecting them.

Mr. Bonsu wrote to the local Government Minister, questioning the locus of the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng, who was appointed by Otumfuo to represent the chiefs on a committee to supervise the construction of the Kejetia Market Project.

Citing this as one of the mayor’s acts of disrespect towards the chiefs, the council members said, they have had enough of the Mayor’s insubordination.

They said this during a meeting at the Palace of Otumfuo last Monday.

The members slaughtered a sheep at the Asantehene’s Palace, Manhyia, as a ritual to sever ties with Mr. Bonsu, if he remains the Mayor of the city.

In a three-paragraph statement, the Kumasi Mayor said, “I have taken notice of concerns raised by Nananom of the Kumasi Traditional Council over recent developments in the metropolis.

“I wish to render an unqualified apology to Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II and Nananom for any actions and inactions on my part, which may have incurred their displeasure,” the statement said.

Mr. Bonsu said, “Since assuming office as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, I have enjoyed tremendous support and cooperation from Nananom. Together, we have developed a healthy working relationship as stakeholders in the collective pursuit of the development, peace and progress of the Kumasi Metropolis. I shall therefore continue to cherish my relationship with Nananom and take all the necessary traditional steps to repair and protect same,”

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