President John Dramani has advised the people of the Volta region to ignore critics that suggest government has neglected the region.
According to President Mahama, Volta region is the region that he has visited the most. The objectives of the visits have been to commssion completed projects or to cut sod for new ones to start. As a result, he believes “a lot of development work is taking place in this [Volta] region”.
The president’s comments followed remarks made by Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adjoa Ntosu, saying that the visit of the president to the region was evidence of his loyalty.
The President said:
“As the Regional Minister told you, this is one region I have visited more than any other region in this country. And like she told you, anytime I come, I come on a working visit. And so a lot of development work is taking place in this region and I can assure you that the NDC government would never take your support for granted. We appreciate that this is our world bank, it is our IMF and so we would never take you for granted”.
He was speaking at a durbar of chiefs and people of todome-kpalime during an inspection tour on the eastern corridor roads on Thursday. President Mahama during his visit interacted with chiefs and some residents of selected communities.
Successful Tour by Bawumiah?
The comment of the President comes on the back of what observers consider to be a ‘successful’ tour of the region by Mahamudu Bawumiah. It would be recalled that the NDC executives in the region distributed free gari to students during the time of Bawumiah’s visit. In spite of the free distribution of the gari, Bawumiah had several students attending his ‘rallies’. His visit focused on Colleges of Education (formerly training colleges). One of the key messages which appears to have caught on well with a lot of the students was a promise by the opposition to restore student allowances should NPP win power.
Some people therefore believe that the President’s visit and comments aims at rallying his strong (World Bank/IMF) base.
Kwabena Boateng/GCP (with files from citifmonline.com)