By Frank Amponsah
The President, His Excellency Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo has made a commitment to ensure that Accra becomes the cleanest city in the whole of Africa by the end of his four years tenure.
According to him, it is important for all to also stand by this commitment and help his government in that regard.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the commitment I want to make, and for all of us to make, is that by the end of my term in office, Accra will be the cleanest city on the entire African continent. That is the commitment I am making.”
The President made this known in Accra yesterday, April 23, 2017, when the president of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio, together with the chief and people of Jamestown enstooled him as Worrier Chief in Jamestown, under the Stool name, Nii Kwaku Ablade Okogyeaman I, to wit "Royal Warrior; One who fights to redeem his people",
At a durbar held in his honour at Mantse Agbona, President Akufo-Addo was grateful to Oblempong, Nii Kojo Ababio and the Chiefs and people of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area for the honour done him.
"I am going to do everything within my power to be the measure of the title you have given to me this afternoon. I dedicate myself to the welfare of the people of Ngleshie, to the welfare of the people of Accra, and to the welfare of the people of Ghana," he said.
President Akufo-Addo assured Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio that "in my time we are going to bring back the glory of Jamestown."
The president noted that during his campaign, the NPP promised the construction of a harbour at Jamestown and indicated that “plans are far advanced, and, this year, you will see the beginning of the construction of a harbour at Jamestown. It will bring jobs here in Jamestown, so the young men and women can be gainfully employed."
He urged the Chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata to “co-operate with me and my government. Help me, so we can work together for the progress of Ngleshie, Accra and Ghana.”
The President of the James Town Traditional Council and Paramount Chief of James Town Alata Traditional area, Nii Kojo Ababio, stated that President Akufo-Addo's career as a human rights lawyer and an advocate of the rule of law, and the restoration of multiparty democracy is indicative of a man who has the welfare of Ghana at heart.
“It is for this reason that Ghanaians reposed their confidence in him in the 2016 election, at a time that Ghanaians were dissatisfied with their living conditions,” he said.
According to Nii Kojo Ababio, President Akufo-Addo won the election with a "historic margin", with the mandate to transform the circumstances of the Ghanaian people.
Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio was hopeful that, under President Akufo-Addo's tenure of office as President, "you will implement programmes and policies that will benefit all Ghanaians irrespective of the political, religious or ethnic affiliations."
Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio also urged President Akufo-Addo to take urgent steps to modernize Jamestown, a move which, he noted, would ramp up economic activities and bring in its wake jobs and wealth for the people.
“Specifically, the transformation of the Korle Lagoon into a scenic landscape to boost tourism; the modernization of markets in Jamestown; and the implementation of the 1-District-1-Factory”, the Chief added, “will spur on economic activities in Jamestown and Accra”.
Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio assured President Akufo-Addo that, "we will remember you in our prayers. We will pray for strength and wisdom for you, and I ask all gathered here to unite beyond your government so as to bring prosperity to all."
He further urged President Akufo-Addo to "leave behind a legacy which will leave the beleaguered people of Accra transformed. I know you, as a born and bred Accra person, have the capacity to transform Accra. You have capable people around you to achieve this Herculean task."
For his part, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture, Hon Kofi Dzamesi appealed to the chiefs to offer their unflinching support to the government of President Akufo-Addo to effectively run the affairs of the state.
According to him, the president was elected to build Ghana for the betterment of all its citizens and that it behooves on the chiefs to ensure chieftaincy disputes are ended to ensure peace so as to afford the realization of the President's vision of building a changed Ghana for all.