Some ministers have been campaigning in the Brong-Ahafo Region using the name of the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, to get the president re-elected come 2016.
At a sod cutting ceremony for work to commence on the Asekye Nkoranza-Yefiri-Bodom road on Friday, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and MP for Nkoranza South, Kwadwo Emmanuel Agyekum, and the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Samuel Justice Adjei, told the people of Yefiri, Busunya and Nkoranza to vote for President Mahama because of his marriage to Lordina Mahama.
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, descending into marriage politics, reminded the people that because former President Kufuor married Madam Theresa from Odumase in the Sunyani West District, the people of the area, and for that matter the whole region, voted for him to be re-elected president. He therefore urged the people to do same for Mahama.
He also asked chiefs in the area to campaign for Mahama because other chiefs in other parts of the country were doing the same.
Mr Agyekum said it is only Mahama and Lordina who can solve the problems of the people of Nkoranza because the wife hails from there. He asked rhetorically, ‘if Lordina does not do the road from here (Yefiri) to Bodom, then who will do it?’
According to him, the government has started many water projects, the construction of schools, clinics and roads in the district and so the president should be given a second term to complete the numerous projects he has started.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Inusah Fuseini, cut the sod to officially mark the beginning of construction works.
The $200 million road project, in order to fast track its completion before the 2016 elections, will be executed by two companies— Jiang Xi Zhong Mei Engineering, a Chinese company and a certain Ghanaian company.
The roads minister underscored the importance of the road in the socio-economic empowerment of the farmers and all residents, noting that it would improve their living standards. He therefore asked the people to support the government to do more. He also inspected the Nkoranza township roads which are under rehabilitation.
The Project Manager of the Chinese company, Qin Jian, told DAILY GUIDE that the project would be executed within a year.
The Omanhene of the area, Okatakyie Agyeman Kudom IV, who chaired the function, thanked the government for the project but appealed for the levelling of the Bodom hill and the expansion of the Fiama bridge among others.
From Daniel Y. Dayee, Sunyani
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