Traditional rulers and opinion leaders of Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region have commended President J.E.A. Mills for his wise decision to appoint Alhaji Asumah Banda, a business tycoon, philanthropist and a worthy son of Kintampo as a member of the Council of State.
“The President’s decision to appoint Alhaji Banda indeed goes to testify to the fact that President Mills believes in an all-inclusive government,” they stressed.
Addressing a press conference at Kintampo, Nana Effah Guakro 1V, Kyeremankumahene of Kintampo stated that his appointment had not only created pride in the indigenes of the area but would also go a long way to demonstrate to the people of the country that Kintampo has capable men and women who can contribute to the governance of this country.
“We believe that Alhaji Banda’s wise advice to the council and for that matter to the President, will move the nation forward to the attainment of its desired goals,” he said.
Nana Guakro on behalf of the chiefs and opinion leaders pledged their unflinching support for the government and Alhaji Banda and added that it was their prayers that God would continually endow him (Alhaji Banda) with Godly wisdom and strength to carry out his national mandate to the satisfaction of the people.
He added that this was the first time in the history of Kintampo that a native of the town had been appointed to serve the country at this highest level and expressed their appreciation to President Mills.
“As Oliver Twist asked for more so do the people of Kintampo and its environs ask for more appointments,” Nana Guakro stated.
The chiefs and opinion leaders also took the opportunity to thank President Mills for the appointment of another illustrious son of the area, Mr Yaw Effah Baafi as Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture designate.
Nana Minka Banawa II, representative of the Mo Traditional Area, Nana Baffoe Asare I, Damoamahene, Representative of Nana Fanyinama III, Wangara Chief, Representative of Mallam Usamatu, Hausa Chief, Nana Baffoe Kudom, Kronkohene and Mr Griffiths Owusu, a former Presiding Member of the then Kintampo district assembly now a municipal and an opinion leader also who took turns to address the press conference.
They expressed the hope that not only would he advise the President on national issues of importance but also use his influence to help bring massive infrastructure development to the area, especially in the area of the Kintampo township roads, upgrading of electricity from a single phase to double as well as the renovation of the Kintampo senior high school which for the past 38 years had not witnessed any infrastructure improvement.
The chiefs and opinion leaders also urged the people of Kintampo to continue to peacefully co-exist as they have done in the past in spite of their diverse ethnic, religious, cultural and political background.