The Western Regional Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress wishes to commend the government of Ghana, under the able leadership of His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama, for bracing the storm in 2013.
Despite the eight month long election petition, numerous labour agitations and the financial restructuring, the government chalked landmark successes last year.
The ground breaking ceremony by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, to begin the expansion work of the Takoradi Port has gladdened the hearts of the youth in the region.
Also worthy of note is the recent sod cutting for the beginning of the construction of the 200 Senior High Schools in deprived areas and the beginning of the constructions of 5000 affordable housing units at Prampram.
Not forgetting the construction of the master interchange at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
These projects within a short period of his stewardship bear testimony of his commitment towards resolving the infrastructural deficits facing the nation. Opening up the Western Region is one of the priorities we share with the government.
We, therefore, implore the president to see to the early completion of the Tarkwa-Bogoso-Ayanfuri Road and the revamping of the railways. These will link and reduce the travelling time between the southern sector and the northern part of the region.
We also want to commend Hon. Emmanuel Kofi Buah, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum for his role in resolving the electricity challenges that confronted the nation. Within a short period in office, we have acknowledged the strides made so far.
Recently, the president commissioned the T3 at Aboadze, 400 Mega Watts of the Bui Dam Project and the 2.5 megawatts of solar energy at Navrongo. These giant initiatives and strides have boosted the country’s energy mix.
The fact that the country is currently generating 2800 megawatts of electricity, higher than the annual 200 megawatts needed every year indicates the able leadership of the Minister of Energy and Petroleum.
We, however, appeal to the Minister to adapt innovative strategies towards deployment of more renewable sources of energy in the country, especially in areas of wind and solar.
The youth wing is also happy that the construction of the Ghana Gas Project is on course. On 8th November, 2013, the president was at Atuabo to inspect the progress of work at the site and the assurance given by the CEO for the early completion was refreshing.
We, therefore, appeal to the government to expedite action in assisting the company towards the early completion of the projects to open up job opportunities for the youth in the Western Region.
We also want to commend the sterling leadership of Dr. Sipa Yankey for his role towards harnessing the gas potential of this country. It is no surprising that his leadership and performance as the company’s CEO has received lot of commendation from all sectors for judicious use of the project funds.
The regional youth wing is, however, saddened by the constant postponement of the completion date of the Gas Processing Plant at Atuabo. We, at this juncture, call for “all hands on deck approach” towards bringing this laudable project to fruition for the enhancement of the country’s economic development.
The aforementioned projects testify the president’s desire to lift up the economic expansion programme of the government. You really weathered the storm. We, therefore, have confidence in the president to deliver the advanced Better Ghana Agenda.
The president should, therefore, focus on the “gold” and ignore the destructive criticisms emanating from our opponents. We are very proud of the political achievement of the President, per our “one touch” and election petition victories, and we are ever ready to support him to deliver us another resounding victory in the 2016 general elections.
The Regional Youth Wing also wants to congratulate all members of parliament, ministers and MDCEs for their untiring and respective roles and efforts in the development of the country.
On this note, the regional youth wing wishes the entire NDC members, especially the youth of the Western Region, a blissful and prosperous New Year.
As we move to the “second gear” in 2014, we appeal to all the members to join hands with the president to advance the Better Ghana Agenda. Ayekoooooo, Mr. President.
Darlington Daniel Atitso
A Deputy Regional Youth Organiser
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