Regional Minister ask chiefs to release land for development projects

The Eastern Regional Minster, Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi has appealed to traditional authorities to help government realize the better Ghana agenda by making land available for developmental projects.

He observed that, some chiefs had made it difficult for authorities to acquire lands earmarked for developmental projects, which he said was not healthy for the partnership between government and the traditional authorities.

Speaking at a durbar to climax the Odwira festival celebration of the chiefs and people of Okere at Adukrom, he observed that, government has recognition for the chieftaincy institution hence the need for the maintenance of the cordial relationship between the State and chiefs.

He called on the chiefs and people to find lasting solution to the 17-year-old Akuapem chieftaincy conflict to bring lasting peace to the area.

He appealed to the factions involved in the dispute to soften their stands and allow the settlement of the matter to restore the good image of Akuapem.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, said 2012 presents a peculiar challenge to the people of Ghana since it is an election year, and urged  the citizenry to do things that would ensure peaceful and fair elections.

He reiterated government’s resolve to create a level field for every contestant in the election and every voter to decide freely without any intimidation or harassment.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said government had made adequate funds available to the Electoral commission to conduct a free and fair election.

Nana Otutu Kono III, Adukromhene appealed  to the government to complete the construction of the Adukrom Central Police Station, which had been abandoned for 30 years  to improve security in the area.

He urged the government and politicians to abide by their pledges of a free and fair elections by campaigning in a civil manner devoid of rancour and vilification.

Source: GNA

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