"President won't renege on promises"

Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister, has said President John Atta Mills would not renege on his campaign promise of ensuring a better Ghana by the end of his administration. He said the President was committed to his 'better Ghana' agenda and would strive to improve the living conditions of the ordinary Ghanaian as promised. The Regional Minister gave the assurance during the joint celebration of Kwakwaduam Festival and the 10th anniversary of the enstoolment of Nana Owusu Akyem Tenten II, chief of Dwendwenase, in the Asante Akim South District on Saturday. Mr. Opoku Manu said government would equitably distribute state resources for the benefit of all Ghanaian irrespective of their political affiliations. He said the provision of accessible roads to farming communities would be prioritised to boost agriculture and also facilitate easy transportation of farm produce to market centres. He acknowledged the contributions of the people in rural areas to the national economy and assured them of government's commitment to introduce various social interventions to improve their lot. Mr. Opoku Manu commended the chief for reviving the festival which had not been celebrated for decades and appealed to him to sustain it for posterity to appreciate the cultural values of the community. Mr. De-graft Forkuo, the District Chief Executive, appealed to the people to unite and dedicate themselves to the development of the area through communal labour. He also urged them to cultivate the habit of honouring their tax obligations to enable the assembly embark on its development agenda. Nana Owusu Akyem Tenten II said the festival was to preserve the community's cultural heritage and also bring together its citizens living outside to contribute to the development of the community. He appealed to the Regional Minister to provide a new primary school block as the existing one was on the verge of collapse, forcing pupils to study outside the classroom.