President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday began a six-day working visit to the Bono East, Bono and Ahafo Regions where he is commissioning various projects completed by his administration.
Beginning at Basa, in the Sene East constituency of the Bono East, the President called on the Basamanhene, and then proceeded to Kajaji for durbar of Chiefs and people.
He then commissioned a warehouse at Kwame Danso in the Sene West constituency, and cut the sod for the construction of the age-old Atebubu-Kwame Danso-Kwadwo Krom road.
It is a major link for commuters who ply that stretch of road, and its completion will help boost socio-economic activities for the benefit of the people.
President Akufo-Addo also inspected work on the Amantin Agro-Processing Factory under the 1D1F initiative in Amantin.
When completed, the project is anticipated to help reduce post-harvest losses to the barest minimum, increase the yield and income of farmers.
76 IDIF Completed, 232 Ongoing
A total of 76 factory projects executed over the last three years under the ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) initiative has been completed and working.
Minister for Information Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah who announced this said an additional 232 of those projects were at various stages of completion.
Speaking to journalists in Kumasi yesterday ahead of the president’s tour, Mr Oppong-Nkrumah, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry is working around the clock to realize the government’s vision of providing the various districts with the requisite factories.
The aim, he explained, is to open up the Ghanaian economy, create jobs and wealth for the masses as the country seeks to ensure accelerated growth through industrialization.
According to the Minister, the government is executing the IDIF projects alongside the rehabilitation of roads across the country.
At Nkoranza, President Akufo-Addo will cut sod for the construction of a District Hospital, and inaugurate the Regional House of Chiefs in Techiman.
The President, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said, will also inaugurate the Bono East regional house of chiefs as part of his tour.
“It would be recalled that President Akufo-Addo in keeping faith with his manifesto commitments oversaw the creation of 6 new regions and has been working since their creation to support the building of institutions and structures necessary for their smooth operation.
“The new house of chiefs is one such institution and President Akufo-Addo is grateful for the opportunity,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah stated.
On Thursday, September 10, the President will commence his tour of the Bono Region with a meeting at the Regional House of Chiefs.
He will then depart to Dormaa Ahenkro to cut sod for the construction of an Accident and Emergency Centre at Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital, inspect the construction of the Baanofo-Zezera-Adamsu road at Zezera in the Jaman South Constituency, and end the day with a visit to the WEDDI Africa Tomato Processing Factory and Agro Farms in Berekum.
Inspection of more projects
President Akufo-Addo will briefly inspect ongoing work on the new Regional Coordination Council, and cut sod for the construction of a Waste Recycling and Processing Plant in Techiman.
On day four, President Akufo-Addo will inspect ongoing work on the rehabilitation of the 15km New Dormaa-Yawhima road in the Sunyani East constituency.
He will cut the sod for the construction of the Droboso-Agubie-Badu road and the Wenchi Water Project at the Wenchi Jubilee Park.
He will also conduct an inspection of the ongoing construction of various educational facilities under the Senior High School Intervention Projects (SHSIPs) at Koase SHTS.
President Akufo-Addo will move to Odumase to attend a Durbar of Chiefs and people of the area and inspect the ongoing construction of the Odumase-Kwatire Adentia-Badu road at Odumase in the Sunyani West constituency.
President Akufo-Addo will end his tour in Ahafo region where he is also expected to inspect and commission various projects.
Logistical Support to Public Institutions
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said in line with the commitment to continuously resource public institutions, government will in the coming days present logistical support to selected public institutions as part of the implementation of the Public Sector Reform for Results Project (PSRRP).
The logistics which comprises of 25 vehicles, scores of motorbikes and office equipment will be presented to selected beneficiary entities including the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Birth & Deaths Registry and some selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The development objective of the PSRRP is to improve efficiency and accountability in the delivery of selected services by these public entities. The project partially supports the implementation of Ghana’s National Public Sector Reform Strategy (2018- 2023) through a World Bank credit facility.
“It is the expectation of government that this logistics will further enhance the service delivery, efficiency, accountability and citizen engagement of the beneficiary organizations,” he added.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah also charged these institutions to ensure that the logistics are used effectively and for the purposes for which they are intended.