Information available to The Statesman indicates that there are moves by the Ahanta Traditional Council to honour the Member of Parliament for the Effia-Kwesimintim constituency, Joe Baidoe-Ansah, for his tremendous contribution towards the development of Ahantaland.
The honour which will be in a form of a durbar of the chiefs and people of Ahantaland, will take place at Busua, seat of the paramountcy on Saturday May 3, 2008. President John Agyekum Kufuor is expected to grace the occasion.
A source close to the traditional council told The Statesman that this calculated move by Nananom is to entice other Ahantas in top positions to also contribute their quota towards the area's development.
According to him the Ahanta chiefs are highly impressed with the performance of the Effia-Kwesimintim MP, who doubles as the Minister of Trade and President's Special Initiative.
He noted that apart from initiating a number of developmental projects in his constituency popularly known as the Florida of the Western Region, Baidoe-Ansah needs to be commended for the tremendous role played in the recent visit of Ahanta chiefs to the Osu Castle.
This memorable visit, he said, is unprecedented in the history of the traditional council since no Ahanta citizen in the current or past governments has been able to arrange a meeting between the chiefs and a sitting President at the Castle.
The source also mentioned the role played by the Effia-Kwesimintim legislator in the discovery of oil at Princess Town in the Ahanta West district.
He intimated that but for Baidoe-Ansah's resilience, the chiefs and people of Nzema East who initially agitated that Princess Town is located in their district, would not only have tremendously benefited from the discovery but also taken the glory for it.
Although the Effia-Kwesimintim constituency has seen massive transformation under the 44 year old legislator, there is the likelihood that he would not have it easy at the party's primaries. This is because a number of individuals have also shown keen interest in the seat.
Vetting for the selection of parliamentary aspirants for the keenly contested primaries has been postponed by the party's vetting committee due to a number of petitions submitted to it by some unknown persons.