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09.05.2004 Regional News

Veep commissions electrification project for Hansua

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Hansua (B/A), May 9, GNA - The Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, on Saturday commissioned an electrification project for the people of Hansua near Techiman in Brong-Ahafo Region at a colourful ceremony. The programme formed part of Vice President's main official assignment at Techiman on Saturday as the guest speaker of the outdooring ceremony of Oseadeayo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, the new Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area.
The vice-president had earlier arrived in Sunyani by a Ghana Air-force plane at 10.50 hours and was met on arrival by Nana Kwadwo Seinti, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister and his deputy Mr. Yaw Adjei-Duffour, Professor Ameyaw Akumfi, Minister for Ports Harbours and Railways, Mr. Kwadwo Adjei Darko, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Executives and Officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by it Regional Chairman Mr. Kwadwo Fordjour, as well as other party functionaries.
Alhaji Mahama's entourage included Mrs. Gladys Asmah, Minister for Women and Children's Affairs, Mr. Felix Owusu-Adjapong, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs. Anna Nyamekye, Member of Parliament for Jaman.
Without delay the advanced-awaiting vehicles at the Airport that were set for the vice-president and his entourage moved to the Regional Minister's Residency for a brief spell and from there to Techiman where, according to the day's programme he was driven straight to Hansua for the commissioning of the local electrification project.
At Hansua, Nana Appenteng Fosu-Gyeabour, the chief of the town and Baamuhene of the Techiman Traditional Area in a welcoming address said he had been on the stool for 14 year and for over 10 years their efforts for the town to be hooked onto the national electricity grid continued to be a mirage until in 2001 when NPP came to power before visible signs indicating the possibility of attaining its long-dream objective.
Nana Fosu-Gyeabour said the commissioning of the electricity project was an ample proof that the administration of the nation under the leadership of President J.A. Kufuor "does not discriminate in distribution of the national cake".
According to the chief past governments had not been fulfilling their electioneering campaign promises for people in the area stressing that, few development projects the town had been able to come by were by the people themselves either through self-help or from the sympathy of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
He announced that one of such self-initiated and executed projects was the construction of a teacher's bungalow, which, he said, would be completed in two months.
The chief told the Vice President that notwithstanding the previous government's promise to assist communities that initiated their own projects, the efforts of people of Hansua never received such attention, adding that, the low-tension poles for the project were provided by the community through special harvests and levies.
Nana Fosu-Gyeabour thanked the NPP Government for providing the poles with the necessary wires making it possible for people in the community to also enjoy the "national cake" or "see light" in their own locality.
He complained that since the financial strength of the community could not cater for the needed poles, some areas had been deprived of the facility they contributed towards providing.
The chief appealed to the Vice-President to make the plight of the community known to the Government.
Nana Fosu-Gyeabour also said farmers in the area grew cassava in large quantities and asked the government to assist women in the area with a processing machine to turn the produce into gari as a source of financial earning to enhance their living standard.
Alhaji Mahama said the provision of infrastructural developments through the length and breadth of the country was enough to prove that the Government was not oblivion to the basic needs of her people.
He said by ensuring that people at Hansua benefited from Akosombo grid, the Government had also translated in practical term the saying that: "Darkness is sickness and light is life" and expressed the hope that the presence of the light could create rural cottage industries to improve their living conditions.
Mrs. Asmah said she had taken note of the request for a gari-processing machine for women in the area and that she would make efforts to enable them to procure one.
Later, Alhaji Mahama assisted by Nana Fosu-Gyeabour and Nana Adwoa Berma, the queenmother, switched on the light to signify its official commissioning.
Atabooso, Baamire and Kuntonso-Tadie are some of the surrounding towns to benefit from the electrification programme.

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