Mahama Needs 4 More Years - Veep

The Vice President, Mr Kwesi  Amissah-Arthur, has appealed to Ghanaians to renew the mandate  of president John Mahama  for another four more  years in order to continue with the systematic  development of the country.

Addressing a gathering of chiefs of the Gonja Traditional Council in Damongo on Tuesday, Mr Amissah-Arthur observed that peace and stability form the foundation for economic and social development. He said the President has laid the necessary foundation with job opportunities for the youth

The Vice President said President Mahama needs continuity in his agenda of changing lives and transforming Ghana, has seen massive infrastructure developmental projects across the country

He said President Mahama cannot develop the whole country at a go but assured Ghanaians that government can provide every community with it fair share of development. Mr   Amissah -Arthur urged Ghanaians to continue to have confidence and hope in President Mahama. 

Vice President Kwesi Amissah- Arthur described this year’s campaign as a determination of this country’s great future and its priorities for the next four years.

He said this important exercise requires peace and stability. This is because it is the foundation of economic and social development of the country. He said President Mahama believes in peace and stability of the country and he’s determined to protect it for progress to take place.

Touching on chieftaincy disputes in the country, Mr Amissah-Arthur said succession to stools and skins had become a source of conflict in some parts of the country and commended the people of Gonja for employing the best and most peaceful practices when it came to accession to stools and skins.

“You have set good examples that are worthy of emulation,” he said.

He called on traditional rulers in Gonjaland to protect their good reputation of peaceful transition to skins that they had built for the Gonja tradition.

Need for peace

He said people of Gonjaland has been known for peace hence the need to promote peace and unity as the surest way to guarantee development and charged the people to live up to the theme to ensure that Gonjaland remained peaceful and unified for the needed development.

He expressed worry about the chieftaincy problems across many parts of the country largely due to confusion over the rightful successors. “In parts of our country, succession to chieftaincy has become a source of conflict.

But the Gonja people demonstrate some of the most peaceful and best practices when it comes to ascensions to chieftaincy.” The Vice President also appealed to the chiefs and people of Gonja to resolve all lingering succession issues.

He said the enormous resources that are spent to maintain law and order in those areas could have been channeled into the provision of basic infrastructure to improve the lot of the people.

While assuring the Yagbonwura and the chiefs and people of Gonjaland of the government’s commitment to its transformational agenda to improve the lives of the people, Mr Amissah-Arthur said the government was mindful of the enormous agricultural potential of the area.

Development projects

The Vice-President stated that the government’s transformational agenda was on course and would continue to deliver the infrastructure that provided the basis for economic and social development.

He alluded to the significant projects in the area, such as the completion of the Fulfuso-Sawla road, with ancillary facilities including schools and clinics, the ongoing works on the 90 km Tamale-Salaga-Makango road and the Busunu-Mankarigu road.

In addition to those roads, he mentioned the 60-bed Salaga District Hospital whose completion would provide modern health facilities, as well as the renovation of the existing Salaga Hospital to be utilised to expand access to health services.

Mr Amissah –Arthur asked chiefs in Gonjaland to use the old age arbitration and other peaceful means to resolve chieftaincy disputes.

So that once again Gonja people demonstrate some of the most peaceful and best practices when it comes to ascensions to chieftaincy.”  The Vice President also appealed to the chiefs and people of Gonja to resolve all lingering succession issues.

The Gonja Traditional council consists of the Yagbon Wura, Tumtumba Boresa, as the heads of the Gonjaland. The gates include Kpembi, Bole with Damongo, being the paramount.

The Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional Area, Buipe Wura  Naa Abudulai Jinapor II, who doubles as the Vice President of the Gonja Traditional Council who welcomed the Vice President , Descried the courtesy call as historic . He thanked President Mahama for the numerous developmental projects that  that his government has brought to Gonja land  especially the Sawla Fufulso road which has open  up the areas for brisk  commercial activities .

Among the dignitaries present were the National Security Advisor, Alhaji Baba Kamara; the Northern Regional Minister; the Deputy Power Minister, Mr John Jinapor, Hon Haruna Iddrisu Minister Employment and Labour   relations sand some district chief executives.