Although President John Mahama is “our brother, he has not been able to help us with roads,” Paramount Chief of the Tumu Traditional Area, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, has lamented to the flag bearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo when he paid a courtesy call on traditional ruler at his palace, as part of his tour of the Sissala East constituency.
“So, we are looking up to you [Nana Akufo-Addo], so that when you come to power, we believe that you will be able to fix these roads for us,” he appealed.
Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI also said he approves of the ‘1-District-1-Factory’ and ‘1-Village-1-Dam’ policies of the 2016 presidential nominee.
According to him, these policies will provide opportunities for the teeming masses of unemployed youth in his town to be gainfully employed, as the twin-track of industrialisation and the increase in agricultural productivity will create jobs and bring prosperity to his people.
“With the promises we have heard you deliver on the campaign trail, my people and I believe those messages. We believe that you can perform and carry out those messages, particularly the 1-District-1-Factory. I endorse it wholeheartedly,” the Tumu Kuoro said.
It was the hope of Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI that victory for Nana Akufo-Addo would mean the establishment of these factories, “so that my teeming youth can get employment for themselves, instead of running down-south for non-existent jobs.”
Expressing his hope that “whatever you have been fighting for over the past years, this time round you will have it,” the Paramount Chief of Tumu indicated to the NPP flag bearer that he has been keenly monitoring the various campaign messages of the various parties, and had come to the conclusion that the promises being made by Nana Akufo-Addo can be implemented. “If you consider the Upper West, we have a lot (of resources). If you go to the agricultural sector, we have maize, groundnuts and all manner of products. I believe that our district can even have more than 10 factories. We have the raw materials for more than 10 factories in our district.”
On the NPP flag bearer’s promise of “1-Village-1-Dam”, the Tumu Chief revealed that “we have been following governments, since time immemorial, and, still, we have not gotten a dam. So, I believe that if you give us a dam, it will really help us so much. And we are looking forward to you coming to office, so you give us a dam.”