PRESIDENT J. A. Kufuor yesterday granted audience to three delegations of chiefs and elders from the Brong-Ahafo and Volta Regions at the Castle.
The delegations, from the newly created Sunyani West, Asutifi South and Tano North District in the Brong-Ahafo Region and Ketu North and Nkwanta North Districts of the Volta Region were at the Castle to express their gratitude to the government for the various projects it has undertaken in their respective areas.
The delegation from the Sunyani West were there to thank the President for creating the new district from the Sunyani municipal assembly while those from the Asutifi North and Tano North Districts were there to thank the President for bringing Newmont Ghana Limited, a mining company to the area.
Those from Ketu North and Nkwanta North were there to thank the President for the creation of separate districts for them.
Nana Kwame Korang II, Omanhene of Awuah Domase, who led the delegation from the Sunyani West District, said the creation of the new district will speed up development in the area and pledged the support of the chiefs to the assembly.
He appealed to the government to provide lecture halls and staff bungalows for the College of Renewable Resources which has been taken over by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Nana Ansah Adu Baah, Omanhene of Yamfo traditional area, who led the delegation from the Asutifi South and Tano North Districts, said they were at the Castle to thank the President for the role he played to get Newmont Ghana Limited to start operations in the area.
He said the establishment of the company has given employment to the youth in the area and improved on their standards of living tremendously.
Nana Baah, however, appealed to the President to pay attention to the roads in the area and to impress on the company to ensure prompt payment of royalties to the chiefs.
He also appealed to the government to elevate the health centres at Yamfo and Kenyase into a hospital status to cater for the health needs of the people in the area.
Togbe Sorkpor III of Wheta and Ubor Bejila of Abunyanya, also led their delegations from Ketu North and Nkwanta North respectively.
They expressed gratitude to the government for the timely response to their appeal to create separate districts for them.
President Kufuor, addressing the delegations separately, said the government created the districts with the aim of bringing governance to the doorsteps of the people and to ensure equitable development of the country.
Speaking to the Sunyani West delegation, he said it was unfortunate that some people in the area were fighting over the citing of the capital of the district and explained that the citing of district capitals was not about tradition but about easy accessibility.
President Kufuor urged the delegations to tell their people to ensure that they always have a government which would be sensitive and responsive to their requests.
He said his government will always ensure equitable distribution of the national cake to make all citizens feel they are part of the country.