PRESIDENT JOHN Agyekum Kufuor has assured Ghanaians that his government would keep discharging its obligations to the various communities, including the Anomabo Traditional Area.
In return, he said, Government expected the traditional areas to play their roles well by supporting programmes to ensure total development of the Ghanaian society.
President Kufuor stated these on Saturday at Anomabo in the Mfantsiman District of the Central Region where a durbar was held to honour three sons of the area who had contributed to the struggle for independence.
They were Mr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, Mr George Ekem Ferguson and Kantamanto Amonoo IV.
President Kufuor said a project to bring water from the Pra River in the Western Region to Cape Coast and its surrounding towns would expectedly be completed this year to put an end to the perennial water shortages that had disturbed the academic calendars of schools in the region.
He therefore appealed to the Chiefs of the Anomabo Traditional Area to support Government to implement its policies to the benefit of all.
He mentioned the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as one of such policies that needed the support of chiefs and emphasised the need for the people of Anomabo to study the history of, not only their traditional area, but of the whole country and take inspiration from it.
“The soil of Anomabo must have something special that disposes its people to greatness; how else could one traditional area have such a preponderance of distinguished men and women,” he philosophised.
He pointed out that on account of the effective contributions of these heroes from Anomabo, there was no way the country could have celebrated its Golden Jubilee without recognizing these national icons.
The programme was used as well to honour six indigenous Ghanaians who had also contributed to the development of Ghana.
They included Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson and Mrs Gifty Afenyi Dadzie, former Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) president.
President Kufuor was also honoured with the name “John Yenyawoso Agyekum Kufuor.”
Statues of the heroes were unveiled by the President.
In attendance were the Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Minister for Tourism and Disporan Relations, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture Affairs, S.K. Boafo and Minister of Public Sector Reform, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom among others.