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02.03.2004 Regional News

Youth advised to support self-help

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Kumasi, March 2, GNA - Mr Sampson Kwaku Boafo, Ashanti Regional Minister, on Sunday appealed to the youth to support self-help projects initiated in their communities to facilitate development.

He also urged district assemblies to sufficiently assist communities to implement their development programmes. These were contained in a speech read on behalf of Mr Boafo at a durbar and fund-raising of the chiefs and people of Bohyen in the Kumasi metropolis.

On the forthcoming voters' registration exercise, he said government was concerned about the compilation of a new voters' register that could stand the test of time by the Electoral Commission (EC).

Mr Boafo therefore called on Ghanaians to support the EC in the exercise and urged supporters of the various political parties to tolerate the views of their opponents and to refrain from intimidation to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.

Mr Richard Anane, Minister of Roads and Transport, said the government was doing everything possible to develop the road network in the country alongside other development projects.

He said the new buses ordered by the government to augment the Metro Mass Transport system would soon arrive from Italy and other donor countries to improve the urban transport system.

On the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr Anane, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama, said it was the best health care delivery system, which would cater for everybody and therefore asked the people to embrace it.

Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, reiterated the determination of the assembly to keep the city clean and called for the co-operation of the public. Mrs Dina Osei Asibey Frimpong, the Bantama sub-metro electoral officer, said the Bohyen electoral area, which had 19 polling stations presently, would have four additional polling stations created to bring the number to 23.

Nana Antwi Boasiako, chief of Bohyen, noted that government alone could not develop the country adding that there was the need for communities to supplement government efforts.

He announced that Bohyen citizens living abroad had contributed about 420 pounds sterling towards the construction of a library for the community.

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