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21.08.2005 General News

Mankessim deny knowledge of Nana Otua's projects

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Mankessim, Aug 21, GNA - Some Assembly Members and a section of the youth at Mankessim, have refuted the claim of Nana Otua II, Obaahenma of the Mankessim Traditional Area that she has established a Computer Training School and a library for the town.

At a news conference on Friday at Mankessim in reaction to a publication that she has rehabilitated the streetlights in the town and was sponsoring a Library and a Computer Training School, they said the projects were non-existent.

Mr Oscar Kweku Appiah, an Assemblyman and spokesman for the group, said that the claim by the Obaahenmaa was not true, adding that, "it is unfortunate for her to claim an undeserved honour".

The spokesman stated that, such attitude would prevent well-meaning people from coming to the aid of the town to solve its numerous problems and called on her to "stop throwing dust into the eyes of people".

However, the Obaahenmaa described the assertion by the group as "uncalled for" when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) contacted her. She explained that the two projects were ongoing, adding that, they were at the roofing level.

The Obaahenmaa stated that the projects were near the Ghana Telecom Transmitter station on the Baffikrom road and asked what she called "those who doubted" including the Assembly Members to go and inspect them.

She expressed her sadness about the denial by the Assembly Members that she had provided twenty diamond electric bulbs for the streetlights in the town.

The Obaahenmaa especially expressed her shock about the denial of Mr Vincent Biney-Amissah, Assembly Member for the Ahenbromo-Anafo Electoral Area.

She said the Assembly Member and a number of Unit-Committee members joined her during the rehabilitation work by some electricians, adding that, for Mr Amissah to join the group to deny knowledge of the lighting system was "most unfortunate".

Nana Otua, Chairman of the Winipak Group of Companies made up of a Real Estate, Marine Engineering and Mining subsidiaries, said, "I am on the ground and know the problems of the people especially the youth and will do everything possible to address some of them". She stated that she would not allow vain propaganda to distract her attention and would go ahead with the projects and said she had obtained 10 computers and some library books from her friends in the United States of America for the projects.

Nana Otua said she was negotiating for equipment for the local hospital and stated that she also had plans to establish a Vocational Training Institute and a Community Centre.

"My programmes for the town should not prevent any Assembly Member from performing his function," she said and added that her efforts should not stop anyone who wanted to complement her effort in support of the development agenda of the government.

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