May 19, 2011

Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain in Brong-Ahafo Region, on Tuesday underscored the need for administrative continuity in governance for accelerated national development.

He said the lack of administrative continuity had been the bane of Ghana’s development and called for its encouragement in the governmental process to ensure value for money.

Mr Ibrahim made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Hani in the Tain District after addressing a mini-durbar jointly organised by the chiefs and people of Hani and Namasa to precede a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a road linking the two communities.

The eight-kilometre road project would be completed within a year at the cost of GH¢ 796,000.00 by Sunyani-based Dynamic Star Construction Limited.

The MP said the road was one of about 11 feeder roads in the district prioritized by the government to be constructed before the 2012 general election.

He explained that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government under former President Rawlings began the project with the construction of culverts before leaving office in 2001.

Due to its socio-economic importance, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government should have completed it but rather abandoned it, Mr Ibrahim added.

Mr Ibrahim said the road when completed, would open up the western part of the district to link the western corridor at Seikwa, as well as the district’s economy through the creation of access to Seikwa Market, one of the leading trading centres in the district.

The MP admitted that politics had become a complex field of human endeavour but hinged on the creation, organisation, coordination and provision of goods and services to promote the welfare of the people and their socio-economic interests.

He gave assurance that the government would not relent in efforts to fulfill the political mandate Ghanaians had given to it.

Mr Samuel Jones Tawiah, District Chief Executive (DCE), in a welcoming address, appealed to the people to cooperate with the contractor to ensure the execution of the project on schedule.

He expressed the hope that the contractor would assist to offer temporary jobs to some of the unemployed youth in the area within the period of the project execution.

Mr Joseph Osei, Community Health Officer in charge of the local Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS), established eight years ago, appealed to the District Assembly to provide the facility with open-shelter and a borehole to facilitate work.

Nana Takyi Abeam II, Krontihene of Hani, who presided, requested the District Assembly to construct a 12-seater KVIP for the town as well as bulbs for the street lights.

Source: GNA