As part of moves to boost economic activities in the Western region, the next government of the main opposition NDC has outlined plans to upgrade the Sekondi-Central Market.
This was announced by Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Vice Presidential candidate of the NDC.
She also assured the chiefs of Sekondi of the NDC's commitment to getting this project done.
In addition, she said the Sekondi-Takoradi Cultural Centre would be renovated, while roads in the city would be upgraded in line with the NDC's infrastructure development plan.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang gave the assurance during an interaction with the members of the Sekondi Traditional Council as part of her campaign tour of the Western region.
Responding to a number of requests by the chiefs, the Running mate explained that the upgrading of the Sekondi Central Market and roads in Sekondi-Takoradi was catered for in the party's manifesto, adding that those projects would be undertaken with funding from the party's 10billion dollar “Big Push” for infrastructural development if it win powers.
“When we promise, we deliver,” she said, and cited many manifesto promises the previous NDC administration fulfilled in the region.
Touching on a request for more jobs for the youth in the area, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) would be would be prioritised in the region to enable more young people in the region to be technically equipped to access industrial jobs, especially in the oil and gas, and food processing sectors.
Regarding unpaid compensation for lands taken by the State during the Kufuor-led government for projects, the running mate promised that the concerns of the chiefs on that matter would be effectively addressed when the NDC returns to power.
The Running mate called on the chiefs and people of Sekondi to vote for the NDC for meaningful change, indicating that an NDC government would ensure that development in the various sectors of the economy, particularly the oil and gas sector, was beneficial to the people of the region.
“We assure you that the NDC will pursue a national development agenda without marginalization,” she stressed.
Nana Barima Ekow Gyesa II, acting President of the Sekondi Traditional Council, welcoming the running mate, expressed disappointment that although the present government promised to address their concerns regarding the compensation for lands, job creation, and the Sekondi market upgrade, none had been fulfilled.
He believed that since development had to be beneficial to the people, the progress of the oil and gas sector must reflect in the wellbeing of the people, particularly the youth in the region.
“We are optimistic that you will help to address our needs when you win power,” he told the running mate.