Chiefs declare support for President Mahama.
President John Dramani Mahama
The Greater Accra and Volta Regional Houses of Chiefs have pledged their support for President John Mahama.
Nene Abram Akuako III President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs assured the President that they would contribute to the transformational agenda of the country.
He made this pledge when delegations from the two House of Chiefs called on the President at the Castle in Osu.
“We shall be at your service at all times for the advancement of mother Ghana. We are also grateful for creating a separate ministry for the chieftaincy institution” he said.
The President also expressed his appreciation and assured them of government plans to appropriately deal with land administration issues in the capital city.
“The issue of land is a major concern because this is the capital region.”
The president indicated that “there is so much pressure on lands in the Greater Accra region as well as issues of land title.”
He noted that when there is cooperation between the government and the National House of Chiefs a lot of the land issues would be resolved.
He further stated that the government has decided to return lands that are not being used by the government.
“The minister of lands would look into that issue properly and in consultation with you (National House of Chiefs), come up with a clear program on how these lands can be returned and also the conditions necessary” he added.
The President also announced plans to pilot a sanitation and sewage project to upgrade deprived areas in the region.
“While we have tackled the issue of rural poverty we found out that, the phenomenon is also an urban problem.”
According to him, there is a large segment of our urban population that live below the poverty line and the conditions in which they live is also not acceptable.
He noted “some of the areas are called Zongos where a lot of the Muslim population lives as well as where the indigenous people of the land.”
“In terms of sanitation, sewage and housing the government is going to start a new initiative to see how we can improve sanitation and sewage in these areas” he said.