“I want to end by saying a big thank you to the people of the North East Region, especially to the people of Walewale. You have given me a first-class assistant in the form of the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia. He has been of great help to me and my government.”
These were the words of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday, at a meeting with the chiefs and people of Walewale, at the commencement of his two-day tour of the North East Region.
In his remarks to the gathering, the President indicated that one of the reasons for his tour of the region was to thank the chiefs and people for the big support they gave him and the New Patriotic Party, in the 2020 general election.
“Of the six seats there are in the North East Region, NPP won four. And, for the first time in the history of the fourth republic, the NPP presidential candidate won the absolute majority of the presidential votes in the North East Region,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President, however, had two regrets.
“Nalerigu and Bunkpurugu did not vote for the NPP. It is a pity, and I am hoping that next time we can do better and get all six seats in the North East Region,” he said
Even though in Nalerigu, the NPP “lost a woman” in the person of Hajia Alima Mahama, the President indicated that “you, in Walewale, have given me another woman. I have expressed my appreciation not only for the vote, but also for her qualities and abilities in nominating her as the deputy minister designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection.”
With several appointees of the government hailing from the North East Region, President Akufo-Addo assured that upon the completion of the composition of his government, there will be more appointments made from the region.
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Prof. John S. Nabila for his words of commendation for the work undertaken since 2017 in all parts of the country, describing it as very encouraging for him.
“I want to assure him that expanding the road network and the establishment of a tertiary institution in the region are going to be taken on board and something will be done about it,” he said.
With a few days to the start of the 2021 census, President Akufo-Addo urged residents of Walewale and the entire North East Region, to participate in the National Census, as the onset of COVID-19 prevented the holding of the Census last year.
“Whatever your tribe, for as long as you are in the country, get yourself counted. This is because if we have an accurate data on the population, and on its breakdown, then we can plan better for its development.,” he added.