The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presented eight vehicles to the Oti Regional Co-ordinating Council to help facilitate the smooth takeoff of the newly created region.
The vehicles, which include three Nissan Patrol SUVs and five pickup vehicles, were presented to the Oti Regional Minister, Kwasi Owusu Yeboah.
Speaking at a durbar of Chiefs at Dambai, capital of the Oti Region, on Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, President Akufo-Addo noted that the pledge he made in the run-up to the 2016 elections to create the Oti Region “was not to win votes from you, but I was convinced that, with the Oti Region, development would be accelerated than before.”
Having earlier inspected the site for the construction of the administration block for the Oti Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that already, the head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, has selected the staff to work at the Oti regional coordinating council.
“So far, the Regional Co-orinating Director, Regional Economic Planning Officer, Regional Agricultural Director, Regional Fire Commander, Regional Electoral Officer, Regional Human Resource Manager, Regional Internal Auditor, Regional Information Officer, Regional Commission on Culture Officer, Regional Land Use and Spatial Planning Officer, are all here at Dambai and have started work,” the President added.
To the pioneer local government staff, he urged them “to work hard and to begin on a sound footnote, so that everybody will know that they came to do their best for the Oti Region. I will pay particular attention for the work they will be doing in Oti”.
He added that “we have a development plan for all the six regions and we are going to follow it exactly for Oti Region as well. I will ensure that there is an equitable distribution of infrastructural facilities in all parts of Oti Region.”
Touching on matters of interest to the Oti Region and to the Paramount Chief of the Krachi Traditional Area, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, the President noted a Dutch company called FDN Group has made a proposal to the Roads and Highways Ministry for the construction of a bridge over the Oti River.
“The pre-feasibility studies have been completed, the financial terms are being examined today at the Ministry of Finance, and the Roads Minister is waiting for ‘no objection letter’ from Finance before they can negotiate the construction agreement, which will be brought to Cabinet and then to Parliament for approval,” he stated.