The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, has given the assurance that his administration would not practise politics of exclusion, but would rather embrace and welcome all shades of opinion that would ensure the rapid socio-economic development of the region.
“As the regional minister, I will not discriminate based on party, ethnic or religious lines, but rather be the regional minister for everybody as President J.E.A. Mills whom I am representing in the region has pledged he will be a President for all Ghanaians,” he stated.
Mr Marfo gave the assurance during a visit to the Bechemhene’s palace on Saturday. He earlier received a rousing welcome on his arrival at Bechem Nkwanta, the entry point to the region, by hundreds of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a cross-section of residents in the region.
Among the dignitaries who were also part of the crowd to welcome the new regional minister on his arrival were Messrs Maxwell Oti Yeboah, the Managing Director of Oti Yeboah Complex, S.K. Nimpong, a leading member of the NDC in the region, John Owusu Agyemang, Justice Samuel Adjei, the NDC Regional Chairman and Secretary respectively and some leading members of the party in the region.
Addressing the chiefs and elders of the Bechem Traditional Council whose president was represented by the Queen of the Bechem Traditional Area, Nana Adwoa Po Dwamena Serwaa II, Mr Marfo further assured the people of the region that he would serve them in humility and to the best of his capabilities, adding that consensus building would be one of the cardinal principles of his administration.
He also pledged that health, education, provision of potable water, extension of electricity to rural communities in the region would be priority areas as well as the reshaping of feeder roads in the region, especially those leading to farming areas.
Mr Marfo called for the co-operation of all, especially traditional rulers in the region, to help him realise his vision of bringing development and good governance to the doorstep of the people.
The regional minister also called for the support of nananom to help him resolve the numerous chieftaincy disputes that had bedevilled the region.
Mr Marfo was, however, quick to add that he would not dabbled in chieftaincy issues that were purely customary but those which were a potential threat to the peace and stability of the region.
He stated that now that the politicking was over, it was time for the people in the region to bury their political differences and unite for the speedy development of the region.
Mr Marfo also thanked the chiefs and people of the region for rallying behind the NDC, adding that this helped the party to come to power.
Nana Serwaa who represented Nana Fosu Gyeabour, the Omanhene of the Bechem Traditional Area, called on the regional minister to use the rich experience he acquired when he served the people of the region as a district secretary and district chief executive of Sunyani during the Rawlings regime to serve the entire region in his new position and the nation.
She urged him to be guided by the principles of equity and social justice in the discharge of his duties and to eschew all tendencies that would bring division among the people in the region.
Nana Serwaa also called on the regional minister not to award contracts based on political lines but should be fair in his dealings with all, no matter one’s political background and ideology.
The regional minister also called on the Omanhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Aso Nkwrawrie II at his palace in Sunyani, Nana Boakye Tromo II, Omanhene of Duayaw Nkwanta Traditional Area and Nana Owusu Acheaw II, the Chief of Abesim, near Sunyani.
Mr Marfo later addressed a gathering of NDC supporters in and around the Sunyani municipality at the Sunyani catering rest house.