Work is progressing steadily on the Tema-Akosombo railway line which will result in the construction of a containerized port at Akosombo, from where shipment will be via the Volta Lake and by rail to Burkina Faso and beyond.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, who made this known in an address at this year’s annual Ngmayem Festival of the Chiefs and people of Manya Krobo Traditional Area, made it clear that these projects, had the potential to create employment and wealth for the people of Manya Krobo.


President Akuffo-Addo noted that the entire Krobo area had the potential of being developed into a major transportation corridor linking the sea port of Tema and the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Region and their landlocked neighbours through the Volta Lake.


He disclosed that government had awarded the contract for the reshaping of Ayermesu-Bosonya road, covering 20.89 kilometers and the Oborpa-Obelemanya road, covering a distance of 24 kilometers with the latter due to be completed within three (3) months.


In addition, the president said, the contract for the construction of a Six-Unit Classroom Block at Yoguase and Ketem had been awarded and the construction of a Nine-Unit Teacher’s Bungalow at Oborpa East was currently on-going while the GETfund was also supporting the construction of a new Administration and Dormitory blocks for the Community Training Nursing College at Odumase.


He also mentioned the on-going construction of an office complex for the police in Odumase and electrification of Yonguase and Oborpa East and West to connect a total of some one hundred communities in the Lower and Upper Manya Krobo districts to the national grid.


President Akufo-Addo commended farmers for their hard work and commitment in the course of building mother Ghana over the years, emphasizing that farming was a business and a profession that should be promoted and studied like all other professions.


He stressed the need for peace and unity in all parts of the country to enable government’s ambitious programme of socio-economic transformation succeed.


He identified chieftaincy disputes as a major bane of the country’s socio economic development and called for an end to them.


President Akufo-Addo expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of Manya Krobo for the confidence reposed in him and the New Patriotic Party during the 2016 elections, and for voting massively for Hon. Joseph Tetteh, now Member of Parliament for Upper Manya Krobo and Deputy Eastern Regional Minister.


He said his government would not let them down, particularly when it was the first time that an NPP candidate had won a seat in Manya Krobo.


In an address, the Konor of Manya Krobo Traditional Area, His Royal Majesty Nene Sakite II, said development of Traditional Areas was the responsibility of the chiefs and the politically-elected leaders.


Nene Sakite II denied knowledge of a so-called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Traditional Council and Volta River Authority which supposedly stipulated that they, in Krobo land, had been exempted from the payment of electricity bills.


He, therefore, urged the authorities at VRA to publish any such existing agreement and submit a copy to him.


He expressed the readiness of the Traditional Council to allocate land at Okwenya, Akuse and Kpong, among others, to anyone interested in farming and needed land, adding that this was a target to create job opportunities for the youth under a five-year pilot project to deal with the unemployment situation in Krobo land and to alleviate poverty.


Nene Sackite II expressed concern about the choice of representatives of the Traditional Council without the involvement of the traditional Council.


He said even though chieftaincy existed in the pages of the Constitution, in practice, the chiefs were least mentioned and protected.


He, therefore, appealed to government to allow the Traditional Councils to take over and run their own markets to create a central fund which they could use to organize cultural programmes and improve places of tourist attraction, among others.


Nene Sackite II thanked government for restoring the training allowances of teachers and nurses which, he said, would reshape hopes for the future and congratulated the president for implementing the Free Senior High School programme and the One-District One-Factory initiative, all of which, he said, would alleviate the plight of parents, particularly in the rural areas.


He urged all fellow traditional leaders to support the government in the implementation of its development agenda.


He also appealed to government for an additional district for Manya Krobo.


He reminded the citizens of Manya Krobo that the Ngmayem festival was not only about merry making, but also about the need to preserve the cultural heritage of the people in the face of changing times.


According to Nene Sackite II, all glorification of Krobo life in the future would depend on the quality of education of the youth today, adding that  one of the beneficiaries of his educational endowment fund, Doctor Peter Larweh, was adjudged  one of the best graduating medical doctors at the University Of Cape Coast School of Medicine and who received nine awards.


He disclosed that there were several others seeking to be assisted and that without the contribution and support from individuals, the programme could not endure and urged all Krobos to contribute to the fund.


The theme for this year’s festival was “The Role of Chiefs in Advocating Peaceful Co-existence in Ghana”.


Source: ISD (Felicia Yemoley Buabeng)