Intensive lobbying for the Pru West district capital is on-going ahead of its creation and even before the Electoral Commission team visits the areas on their assessment mission for the creation of the district.


This came to light when the Brong Ahafo regional minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, during a familiarization tour of the Pru West district of the Brong Ahafo region, paid a courtesy call on Nana Brempong Kru Takyi II, Omanhene of the Abease Traditional Area, and Nana Kwadwo Nyanko III,  Omanhene of the Prang Traditional Area, both of the Pru West district.


The familiarisation tour of the district was to thank the people for voting the New Patriotic Party into power and also served as an opportunity for the regional minister to seek first-hand information about the challenges facing the people of the area, share information on government policies with them and to inspect the progress of work on the implementation of on-going projects in the area.


Lobbying for the district capital to be located at Abease, Nana Brempong Kru Takyi said Abease, was the centre of the world and that pillars existed as evidence, according to researchers.


He said Abease had a land size of 1,437 square kilometres, consisting of about 38 villages, 54 schools and 61,000 voting population out of a total population of 78,000 and was, therefore, positioned as the district capital for the yet-to-be created Pru West district.


On his part, the Omanhene of Prang traditional area Nana Kwadwo Nyanko III, noted that one major requirement supporting Prang as the capital of the new district was that Prang was the capital of the Pru West constituency which embraced the Prang and Abease Traditional Areas. "All other facilities that will be needed for Prang to be accepted as the capital for the new district are well available,” Nana Kwadwo Nyanko said.


“A petition in respect for my claim has been submitted to the Hon. regional minister. The petition highlights the needed facilities. My appeal, now, therefore, to our regional minister requesting for the creation of a new district for Prang and Abease with Prang as the district capital is, consequently, just a reminder which I humbly pray must be given absolute attention”, he emphasized.


With regards to the population of Prang Traditional Area, the Omanhene said the area covered about 45 villages with a population of over 50,000 inhabitants.


The regional minister advised the chiefs to remain calm and urged the chiefs to advise the youth to be law-abiding and not to take to demonstrations when the choice of the district capital is announced.


Apart from the issue of citing the Pru district capital, the regional minister was confronted with potable water challenges of the district.


Mr Asomah-Cheremeh, disclosed that the Ministry of Water Resources would be sending a research team to look for easy access to water before drilling began so that government would not waste resources to drill at areas where the water table was low.


He hinted that each district would be given ten (10) boreholes, adding that government would also provide five toilet facilities for each district.


In addition, he said the road from Prang to Abease would be completed and tarred.


Source: ISD (Imoro Ayibani Tebra)