THE Omanhene of the Techiman Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, has appealed to President J.E.A. Mills and his government to complete the Techiman market project, which was started by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government under former President J.J. Rawlings in the 1990s.
According to him, since the exit of the NDC from the political scene, the project has been discontinued and it would be prudent for an NDC-led government of Prof. Mills to complete the project, saying there was this Akan adage that “Adwuma sini nni akatua,” which means that “ uncompleted work does not get rewarded”.
Nana Ameyaw made the appeal at a durbar of chiefs and people of Techiman at the Methodist School Park to welcome President Mills as part of his just-ended three-day tour to the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to the Techimanhene, the Techiman market is reputed to be one of the biggest in the sub-region and the commercial hub in Brong Ahafo Region.
He said the market was used by traders from places like Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire and therefore needed to be developed to meet challenges.
Nana Ameyaw, on behalf of the chiefs and people, also appealed to President Mills to consider the construction of Police Barracks for Techiman as a matter of urgency.
This, he said, would enable the police administration to post more personnel to the area to help deal with the high crime wave in the municipality.
He noted that as a result of the market and large presence of financial institutions, armed robbers, as well as notorious gangsters, had made the area a target and constantly robbed traders of their monies and other valuables.
The Techimanhene said in 2001/2002, the traditional council decided to construct police barracks but after the foundation was laid the project was halted for lack of funds.
Nana Akumfi Ameyaw called on the government to help complete barracks and construct a municipal court complex since currently they were using a small section of the traditional council premises as the Techiman Circuit Court.
Nana Ameyaw further appealed for the reshaping and tarring of the Tuobodom –Offuman road, which has become a death trap.
He called for the rehabilitation of the bridge on that stretch of road to enable farmers in the area to cart their produce to the marketing centres.
The Techimanhene, on behalf of the traditional council and people, thanked President Mills for his visit and expressed the hope that their requests would be granted.
He also used the occasion to appeal to Ghanaians to exercise restraint for the government for very soon they would begin to enjoy the fruits of the pragmatic policies and programmes being put in place to the government.