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Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that the ambition of the governing NPP towards the 2024 general elections is to become the majority party in the Savannah region by winning more parliamentary seats.
President Akufo-Addo said this at the Jakpa Palace in Damongo whilst addressing the chiefs and people of the Gonja Kingdom on Sunday 11th July, 2021, during a two day visit to the Savannah region.
The president expressed gratitude to the Savannah region for giving the NPP three (3) out of the seven (7) constituency seats and said the “our ambition is to become the majority party in the Savannah region”.
He explained that before the 2020 general elections the NPP had just one (1) seat, that is the Salaga South constituency, but the party increased the number to three (3) after the 2020 general elections.
This he said is, as a result of the historic creation of Savannah region and some important appointments made during his first term in office.
A Deputy Chief of Staff (Samuel Abu Jinapor), first Savannah regional minister (Adam Salifu Braimah), Managing Director for Ghana water company (Dr. Ing. Clifford Braimah), first deputy regional minister (Samuel Yeyu Tika), Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (Albert Kassim Diwura) and a host of other important appointments were made in the first term of the NPP administration. The Savannah region rewarded NPP with two more seats to win three(3) out of seven(7) constituencies.
“Despite former President John Mahama hailing from the Savannah region and was my main contender, the region still increased NPP’s seats from one (1) to three (3)”, he added.
The president further promised more appointments will be made from the Savannah region to help the party achieve it’s ambition of becoming the majority party in the region. So far Daboya/Mankarigu MP, Alhaji Asei Seini is made deputy health minister, Abu Jinapor is the Lands and Natural Resources minister, Sule Nyadia Nelson is a deputy CEO for Forestry Commission, Dr. Ing. Clifford Braimah maintains his position as the managing director for Ghana water company, and a host of other appointments.
The Damongo water project sod cutting was done in July 2020, but work has not started on the grounds since then. The president blamed Covid-19 for the delay in the execution of the water project but assured that by first week of August 2021, the contractor will move to site to begin the water project.
He also inspected the ongoing construction of the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council’s office edifice.
Welcoming the president, the King and Overlord of Gonja state, Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Esa I, whose speech was read by Mr Abutu Kapori, the Registrar to the Gonja Traditional Council, the Yagbonwura appealed to the President to establish two Teacher Training Education Colleges. These colleges be located in the Western and Eastern parts of the region. He proposed that one the colleges should be named “Yenawura-wura training college”
Yagbonwura also appealed to the President to consider establishing a university in the region to help heighten the human resource base of the traditional area.
The provision of potable water for Damongo and surrounding areas, construction of major roads to boost agricultural and economic activities, and the construction of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs office complex, among other things were requested for by the King.
The King expressed gratitude to the president for the creation of the region which he said had been long cherished. The 155 Armoured Regiment at Damongo and the construction of decentralized departments in the region.
The two day regional tour will see the president traveling to East Gonja where he will pay courtesy call on the Kpembewura on Monday 12th July, 2021. He will also inspect the Kpembe water project and commission the Salaga Astroturf.
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