THE Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) and the Brong Ahafo @50 Secretariat is to erect the statue of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and the busts of the seven gallant chiefs who fought for the creation of the region, in addition to the statue of Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia, which is currently located at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani, the regional capital.
The erection of the statue and busts is to honour the memory of Dr Nkrumah and the chiefs, whose sustained agitation led to the creation of the region on April 4,1959, through an Act of Parliament.
They would also form part of some of the monuments to be built to commemorate the year-long celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the creation of the region scheduled to end in April, 2010.
Apart from the erection of the statue and busts, an arch would also be built at the Sunyani Senior High School (SHS) junction across the Sunyani-Kumasi highway which also serves as the entry point to the regional capital.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, announced this when J. Adom Limited, a Sunyani- based construction firm and MTN, a telecommunications network operator, presented cheques for GH¢5,000 and GH¢3,500 respectively, to him at his office towards the Golden Jubilee celebration.
He debunked an assertion going round that there were plans to remove the statue of Dr Busia which was currently located at the jubilee park, saying, “It is not true and it is rumour just to cause mischief. “Rather, what we are going to do is to erect the statue of Dr Nkrumah and the busts of the seven chiefs in addition to that of Dr Busia which is already standing at the park,” Mr Nyamekye-Marfo stated.
He reiterated that the decision to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the region was to rekindle the sense of unity and tenacity of purpose among citizens of the region.
That, he said, could propel the socio-economic development of the region to greater heights to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the people.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the celebration was also to “pay befitting tribute to the lives and bravery of our gallant chiefs who fought to achieve autonomy and self-determination for us and to reflect on their good works to serve as a guide and unifying force in our forward-match into the future in order to achieve the development that we cherish for ourselves”.
He thanked the two institutions for the gesture, which he said would go a long way to support the committee to meet some of the commitments for the year-long anniversary.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo appealed to other institutions in the region that had not responded to support the anniversary, to emulate the two companies since the anniversary, which is a year-long one, was still ongoing.
Mr John Cobbina, the Project Accountant of J. Adom Limited, and Mrs Eleanor Adzaho Sarpong, the Senior Manager in charge of Government and Regulatory Relations of MTN, who made the presentation on behalf of their respective companies said they were happy to be associated with the year-long celebration.