The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has commended the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, for the continuation of all development projects started by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in his constituency.
The North Tongu MP mentioned the Juapong-Volo-Adidome road, Dorfor-Volivo bridge, and electrification project among others, as some of the projects initiated by the NDC government, which her successor is continuing.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, who was speaking at a durbar to climax the weeklong activities of the Afenorto Festival of chiefs and people of Mepe Traditional Area at Mepe in the North Tongu District over the weekend, hoped when all the ongoing development projects were completed, his personal dream of seeing North Tongu becoming what he described as “the London of Tongu” would become a reality.
The MP also commended the North Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Richard Collins Arku, for establishing a good working relationship between himself (Okudzeto) and the assembly members, saying both of them coordinate effectively to execute the development agenda of the district, irrespective of the fact that they did not belong to the same political party.
Mr. Okudjeto Ablakwa explained that he appreciates the leadership qualities of the North Tongu DCE, because, as a Member of Parliament for the NDC, he was aware that in some districts, the MP and district chief executives have no such good relationships.
The MP urged the two political parties in the districts to emulate examples he (Okudzeto-Ablakwa) and DCE Arku have set, because both of them, as leaders in the district, only deliberate on issues that would positively promote development.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, therefore, charged the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the district to stop thinking on political lines when it comes to issues concerning the development of the area. His problem, however, was that NPP did not allow people with valid voters’ identification cards to register for the National Identification cards.
Touching on the passing away of the Paramount Queenmother of the Mepe Traditional Area, who ruled for 63 years, the MP said he had already donated GH¢10,000 towards a befitting funeral, and promised to give additional GH¢5,000, and also provide 500 bags of cement to the Traditional Council towards the establishment of a technical and vocational institute at Mepe.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Maxwell Kofi Blagodzi, commended the chiefs and people of the Mepe Traditional Area for maintaining the peace in the area through the celebration of the Afenorto Festival for the past 64 years.
Mr. Blagodzi noted that festivals have become occasions where chiefs and people mobilised both human and material resources for the development of their communities, and assured the chiefs and people of Mepe that their request for the government to construct the Mepe town roads would be taken more seriously to meet the development aspirations of the people.
The Minister said the government would continue to bring the needed development to the people, and North Tongu and the Mepe Traditional Area would also have their share, and called on the people to continue to support the government to ensure that it delivers effectively on its development programmes and policies.
The North Tongu DCE, Mr. Arku, assured the people that the Assembly, in collaboration with the chiefs and people, would achieve the needed development, stressing that the priority of the Assembly was to develop and promote education as the pivot upon which development in the district would revolve.
The Manklalo of the Traditional Area, Togbe Kwasi Nego VI, thanked the government for the free Senior High School (SHS) policy, which saw many children benefitting, but was quick to add that it was becoming clear that not all children would fit into the normal academic school system, as being experienced in the Mepe Traditional Area.
Togbe Nego, therefore, made a passionate appeal to the government to, as a matter of importance, support the Traditional Area to establish a technical and vocational training institute at Mepe to address the technical education needs of the youth in the area.
According to him, when the institute is established, it would strategically serve the technical education needs of the youth in all the three Tongu districts.
The Chief said the traditional area has already made land available, and also designed the technical institute, in addition to 30,000 acres of land made available to the government for the commencement of the One District, One Factory project for the North Tongu District at Mepe.
Togbe Nego also appealed to the government to consider constructing Mepe town roads to help ensure free movement through the town, particularly, the roads leading to the St. Kizito Senior High Technical School among other access roads in the town.