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20.11.2004 Regional News

President Kufuor inaugurates market at Prang

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Prang (B/A), Nov. 20, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday inaugurated a four billion-cedi market complex at Prang in the newly created Pru District, in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The market jointly financed by the Governments of Ghana and Germany is made up of 48 stores, 64 stalls, four open sheds, a meat shop, a restaurant and a passengers' lounge.

Addressing a durbar of the chiefs and people, President Kufuor who is on a two-day tour of the Region said Prang was a well-known commercial centre.

He regretted that past Governments failed to realise the economic potentials in the area to utilize them for the benefit of the country. "I am happy that under an NPP Government this economic potential is being realized and utilized for the people and country with the establishment of this market that will help improve the living standards of the people in the area", he said.

President Kufuor said the four years of the NPP administration had been unique and called on the people to utilize the power they have through the ballot box to re-new the mandate of the Government to continue under the NPP manifesto of Positive Change Chapter Two.

Nana Kwadwo Nyarko III, Pranghene, commended the Government for its vision to develop all parts of the country. He called for co-operation from all Ghanaians so that the vision would be effectively and efficiently implemented for the benefit of Ghanaians.

Addressing another durbar of the chiefs and people of Yeji, President Kufuor said work on the tarring of the Prang-Abease-Kintampo road would begin soon.

He said the Yeji Secondary/Technical School would be upgraded into a model school while provision of power in the community would be improved.

Nana Yaw Kagbrese V, Paramount Chief of Yeji, commended the Government for the creation of the Pru District, which he said would help improve and accelerate development in the area. He appealed to the Government to dredge the Volta Lake at Makango for easy access to other parts of the area especially during the dry season.

Nana Kagbrese called on the Government to upgrade facilities at the Yeji Secondary/Technical School, their power supply, rehabilitation of the Prang-Abease-Kintampo road and facilities at the Prisons Camp at Yeji.

President Kufuor addressed similar durbars at Atebubu and Kwame Danso in the Sene District on the first day of his tour. At Atebubu, Nana Owusu Akyeaw Brempong II, Omanhene of Atebubu Traditional Area in a welcoming address expressed the people's gratefulness to President Kufuor and his Government for the numerous projects carried out in the area since the NPP was voted into power. Nana Brempong however said the Atebubu District Hospital lacked a lot of facilities including a Mortuary, X-Ray Department and an Ambulance.

While also thanking the Government for including Atebubu Secondary/Technical School among the first batch of second-cycle institutions to be upgraded to be at par with endowed Secondary Schools in the country, the Omanhene said the construction work on the Administration Block for the school had come to a stand still.

He appealed to the President to help the school to become benefit from the GETFUND for the provision of an Assembly Hall, Kitchen Complex and staff bungalows.

Nana Brempong also appealed to the President to see to it that work on the new site for the school was speeded up, saying, its present location did not promote discipline.

Nana Adu Atta Ababio, Chief of Wiase in the Sene District, on behalf of the other three paramount chiefs in the area appealed for a Science Resource Centre Bus for the Kwame Danso Secondary School, the only one in the district to enhance teaching and learning. Nana Ababio commended the Government for not discriminating in the distribution of the national cake during the first chapter of the four-year Positive Change Administration.

The Wiasehene urged people in the district to vote for NPP for continuity of projects initiated in the area stressing that the tarring of Atebubu-Sene-Kajeji Trunk road was dear to the heart of the people. Among the President's entourage were Professor Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, Minister of Railways Ports and Harbours, Mr. Joseph Henry Mensah, Senior Minister, Mr. Kwamena Bartels, Minister for Private Sector Development, Nana Kwadwo Seinti, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister and his Deputy Mr. Yaw Adjei-Duffuor, Mr. Haruna Essaku, NPP National Chairman and party officials from Brong-Ahafo.

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