President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the people of Denkyira Obuasi, now New Obuasi that government will not abandon them in its development projects.
Whilst expressing his strongest condemnation of the actions leading to the death of Major Mahama, the President noted, however, that “the pain I brought from Accra has been lifted because of what the Omanhene has said today.
The Omanhene has acknowledged that what happened was not right and should never have happened. I will plead with all Ghanaians to learn a lesson from this sad incident. The Police, Judiciary and lawyers are the ones charged with the prosecution of crime. We should, therefore, not take the law into our own hands”.
“You are a part of Ghana. I have come to assure you that despite what has happened, my government will not abandon you. Whatever policies we have put in place to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians such as the Free SHS policy, the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, 1-District-1-Factory, Denkyira Obuasi, now New Obuasi, according to the Omanhene, will be a part of it,” the President said.
The President gave the admonition when he interacted with chiefs and people of Denkyira Obuasi, on his three day tour of the Western region.
He had before the interaction visited the site where the military officer was slain and observed a minute’s silence in honour of his memory.
President Akufo-Addo told the people of town that he had been saddened by the unfortunate incident, adding that, that incident should be the last time such gruesomeness is perpetrated anywhere in Ghana.
“I was saddened by the incident. It hurt me that such an act should occur under my presidency. I have come to appeal to you that such a thing should never occur in Denkyira Obuasi, let alone in any part of our country. Let it be the last time that we see such an event in our country. Ghana is a peaceful country and we should not do things that would bring the name of the country into disrepute. This should be the last time that such an incident should happen in Ghana,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that all the advanced and emerging market economies of this world have made progress because of the respect for the rule of law.
“Ghana is the beacon of democracy in Africa. We are firm believers in the principles of democratic accountability and in the rule of law. We have demonstrated that democracy is the surest path towards the improvement of the living conditions of our people,” he added.
Nonetheless, the President of the Republic has assured residents of Denkyira Obuasi that his government will not abandon them, but will ensure that they get their fair share of the development due them.
With the persons allegedly responsible for the death of Major Maxwell Mahama facing court action, President Akufo-Addo noted that the rest of the townsfolk should not stigmatised and bear the brunt of the actions of the few.
On the requests made by the Krontihene Odiamono Twum Barimah II, the Chief of Denkyira Obuasi, President Akufo-Addo noted that the poor nature of the town roads would be addressed soon.
Addressing the appeals by the people for the restoration of their District Chief Executive, President Akufo-Addo assured the gathering that a decision on the status of Mr. Appianin will be made soon.