AS THOUSANDS ACCORD HIM ROUSING WELCOME
President Kufuor was yesterday accorded a rousing welcome at Yendi, when he got to the town on his way to the Saboba-Chereponi and Zabzugu – Tatale Districts as part of his five-day tour of the Northern Region.
A milling crowd, some of whom rode on bicycles, motorcycles and overloaded vehicles, converged on the outskirts of the town to cheer the President and his entourage.
The reception at Yendi dismissed the impression that Yendi had become a no-go area for the NPP, following the Chieftaincy dispute that erupted in March 2002, resulting in the death of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II.
The President declared at the rally of the NPP at Mantse Agbona in Accra recently that even though he would visit Yendi as part of his tour of the Northern Region, he would not campaign there as a sign of respect for the late Ya Na. And he did just that.
In another development, President Kufuor has appealed to traditional rulers to ensure the maintenance of peace in their respective areas to enable the Government to achieve its development agenda.
He noted that one of the difficulties the Government faced in its development programmes in the Northern Region was the protracted conflicts in the area, and therefore entreated the Chiefs and the people to come together as kith and kin to assist the Government improve their lot.
The President was yesterday addressing separate rallies as Salaga, Bimbilla, Wulensi, Chamba and Kpandai on the third day of his visit to the Northern Region.
He expressed the determination of the Government to further move the country forward in an atmosphere of genuine peace, if its mandate was renewed, adding that the country would continue to be “a show piece for West Africa” under his leadership.
He also advised the people to respect the authority of the Presidency and the Government irrespective of their political affiliations.
The President stated that every government that would come to power must do so through the ballot box in order to prove the legitimacy of that particular government.
At Bimbilla, President Kufuor said the government was considering including yam production in the Presidents Special Initiatives (PSIs) to create more employment and wealth for the people.
President Kufuor further stated that every district capital was entitled to Basic School amenities such as good roads, telecommunication facilities, hospitals and educational facilities.
At all the places President Kufuor visited, he directed the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to allocate an amount of ¢16 billion for the rehabilitation and construction of a Model Secondary School for each District.