The chiefs and people of the Avenor traditional area in the Volta Region have backed President Nana Akufo-Addo for a second term.
According to the chiefs who constitute the Avenor Traditional Council, Nana Akufo-Addo’s “remarkable achievements have reflected positively on the image of Avenor”.
“It is our firm assurance that we support your second term bid,” President of the Council, Torgbui Dorglo Anumah VI told Nana Akufo-Addo Monday when he led a delegation of chiefs and queenmothers to pay a courtesy call on the President at the Jubilee House in Accra.
He assured Nana Akufo-Addo that the chiefs and people within the traditional area “will make sure that your victory will be resounding and landslide. Our full support is for your government to carry on the good works you’ve started”.
The delegation was at the Jubilee House to thank the President for giving them a traditional council status and also for honouring their invitation join the people to celebrate the 30 years of the creation of the Akatsi District Assembly.
Togbui Anumah said the traditional status given them by the President just a year after assuming office has strengthen their status as chiefs to discharge their duties and customary rites.
The Akufo-Addo government’s flagship programmes, especially the Free SHS and the Planting for Food and Jobs, he said, has positively impacted on the lives of the people of Ghana.
“We are grateful for the introduction of the free SHS which has helped parents to make savings for other family projects,” he stated.
He said the planting for food and jobs has also put Akatsi in the lead in rice production, saying “the government support for our famers in terms of agricultural input has helped us to substantially boost production”.
Meanwhile, the chiefs have appealed to the President give the Akatsi District a municipal status.
“A formal letter and justification for this request will soon be forwarded to the minister of local government and rural development and we will await the introduction of the necessary LI in parliament to give effect to this” the paramount chief Togbui Anumah said.
He also asked that the name of the Akatsi District is changed to Avenor when it is elevated, explaining that “wherever the Avenors went, they identified themselves as Avenors and we want it to be called Avenor Municipal Assembly”
The chiefs have also appealed to the president to modernise the Akatsi Central market to boost commercial activities and revenue base of the Assembly, and also complete the Akatsi District Hospital with state-of-the-art equipment.
Responding, President said he will let the Ministry of Rural Local Government and Rural Development work towards the elevation of the district to a municipal status “very soon”.
He also assured the chiefs and people of Avenor of their requests to expand and modernise the Akatsi Central Market and the District Hospital.