Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Akufo-Addo administration is committed to ensuring equitable distribution of national resources.
He made the statement when he addressed the chiefs and residents of Odumase–Krobo over the weekend in the Eastern Region at this year's Ngmayem Festival.
He commended the chiefs and people of the area for maintaining and safeguarding their cultural heritage, which, according to him, was leading to accelerated development.
He said sectors such as agriculture, health, education and industry were receiving major attention, adding that the Lower Manya municipality was not being left out.
“The Lower Manya Krobo municipality is benefiting from the government flagship programme of 'Planting for Food and Jobs'. More than 2,500 farmers in the municipality have been supplied with quantities of inputs at a very subsidized cost.The municipality is also benefiting from the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme. Under this programme, 32,000 mango seedlings have been raised and distributed to farmers,” he said.
He disclosed that the municipality was participating in the Rearing for Food and Jobs programme through pig farming.
The Vice-President said the Lower Manya municipality had been selected to participate in a special poultry programme and also share in a 25-district $100 million Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCSP) under which the Agormanya Market would be redeveloped into a modern market with 300 lockable stores, 2,500 sheds, a police station, a crèche and a banking hall.
“In the area of water, I am informed that 10 boreholes have been completed in various locations across the municipality. As a listening government, we have approved the tarring of 10 kilometres of town roads for the municipality. The procurement process to select a contractor has reached an advanced stage, and I expect it to be awarded in November. The tarring will cover the Atua Government Hospital road, Kpongunor Bana hills road, Kpong Quarters road, Nuaso Old Town road, Agormanya Airport- Agbom road and the Kpong Beach road,” he said.
The Vice-President said through the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) under the One-million One-constituency fund, the municipality was benefiting from the construction of a kindergarten block at Kpong Methodist School, a 10-seater water closet washroom facility at Akuse Methodist High Technical School, three market sheds and two storage rooms at Agormanya Market, institutional toilet facilities for Manya Krobo Senior High School, Nuaso and Kpongunor Presby junior high schools, as well as the construction of solar-powered mechanized boreholes for Oborpah East, Yonguase, Wawase, and the Odumase Nursing and Midwifery College.
“For the first time in the history of this municipality, I am happy to inform you that the construction of permanent office accommodation for the Municipal Education Directorate has begun and it is about 55% complete. The completion of the office will bring to an end the 44 years of operating from rented premises,” Vice-President Bawumia announced.
“Government is doing its best for the socio-economic development of the municipality to improve a lot of the people and to achieve the desired development we are all expecting. More developments are in the offing and all government requires from you is your support,” the Vice-President added.