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27.12.2004 General News

Govt urged to speed up rehabilitation of abandoned projects

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Kajebil, (W/R), Dec. 27, GNA - An appeal has gone to the Government to speed up the implementation of its programme to rehabilitate viable projects abandoned by preceding Governments after the overthrow of the First Republic in 1966.

Nana Kwaku Darko III, Chief of Kajebil in the Western Region said the tendency and motive to discontinue and destroy programmes and achievements of previous governments after their overthrow by their political opponents "has proved too costly" to the country.

He therefore, commended the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government for initiating programmes to rehabilitate abandoned projects and also continue those started by the National Democratic Party (NDC). Nana Darko told the Ghana News Agency at Kajebil on Sunday that, the wisdom of the NPP government to rehabilitate these projects would in no doubt drastically reduce the unemployment situation, especially among the youth.

He mentioned some of these abandoned projects in the Western Region as the Aboso Glass Factory, Bamboo and Rattan Industry, the Bonsa Tyre Factory, the Western Veneer and Lumber Company at Apowa near Takoradi and the National Shipping Lines.

Other priority areas that Nana Darko urged the Government to tackle "with all seriousness" include salaries restructure, poverty alleviation and corruption.

He expressed the hope that the Government would successfully address the socio-economic problems of the nation "to justify the confidence reposed in it by the electorate" in the just ended elections. "The nation voted to retain President Kufuor and the NPP in power for a purpose and they dare not disappoint the people".

Nana Darko described President Kufuor and the NPP victory as "victory for Ghana" and commended the various political parties, religious institutions, the media and the security agencies for their roles in ensuring peaceful and successful elections.

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