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17.01.2005 Politics

Euphoria grips Wa over Ambrose Dery's nomination

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Wa, Jan. 17, GNA - Residents of Wa, the Upper West Regional Capital, have welcomed with euphoria the nomination of Mr Ambrose Dery as the new Upper West Regional Minister.

Throughout Wednesday some people wore white attire to symbolise peace and victory and their approval of the nomination, while some motorcyclists took to the streets tooting their horns to express their joy immediately the nomination was announced.

On walkways, offices, drinking spots and the Wa Central Lorry Park people were seen in groups discussing the nominations with some predicting which District Chief Executives in the Region were likely t be replaced.

Most of the people the GNA interviewed said they saw Mr Dery as a person, who would not only bring unity to the Region but also lead them to meet their aspirations.

"There is no doubt that our Region is divided and we need somebody like Ambrose to unite us to also enjoy the fruits of "Positive Change Chapter Two", a young building contractor, who did not want his name published said.

Some of those interviewed said within his short period of service in the Government, he had proved through the numerous development projects that he provided for the communities in his home district of Lawra that he had the welfare of the people at heart.

They cited the extension of electricity to several communities in the districts and the construction of link roads to areas, which were inaccessible, as some of his achievements.

"For me, the appointment of Mr Dery is a major step toward quelling the infighting that has plagued the NPP in the Region through out this Government's first term and which contributed largely to the Party's disastrous performance in the last elections", Mariama Alhassan, a Trader said.

While extolling his virtues, they explained that he could not win the Lawra/Nandom Parliamentary Seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) because of several factors, including the absence of Party structures on the ground in the constituency on which to build the short period he had to campaign.

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