Akufo-Addo meets victims of Akim Oda fire disaster

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has visited the Akim Oda market fire disaster scene to end his three-day tour of the Eastern Region, from Tuesday to Thursday.

He assured the affected persons of government’s financial support from the Ghana Enterprise Agency (GEA) and MASLOC and said measures were underway to revive the operations of the market.

The President also pledged to ensure that the registered affected persons benefited from GEA and MASLOC, which aim at growing and promoting Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises through the provision of effective innovative financial services.

On September 13, 2021, at about 2050 hours, fire broke out at the Akim Oda main market destroying wares and property.

President Akufo-Addo, as part of the activities of his three-day tour, inaugurated a newly constructed two-storey District Assembly Administration Block at Akyem Manso, a one-storey Boys’ Dormitory at Akroso Senior High School (SHS) and a one-storey District Assembly Administration Block at the Birim South District.

Also, he commissioned the New Gatte Farms, a poultry farm at Akyem Wenchi, under the One District One Factory Initiative.

During the President’s visit to Akroso SHS, Nana Kwabena Ofori II, the Chief of Akyem Akroso, appealed for the elevation of Akroso Clinic, which was constructed in 1963, to a health centre to serve the many surrounding communities.

In response President Akufo-Addo said the Asene Manso Akroso District was a beneficiary of the Agenda 111, where a district hospital would be constructed at Akyem Asubua while the elevation of the Akroso Clinic would be looked at.

Oberempon Sintim Opoku III, the Benkumhene of Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, called on the President to intervene in the Kotoku chieftaincy related issues, which had persisted for ages and retarded development.

The President, in response, expressed optimism that with collective support from all chiefs in the Kotoku Traditional Area, the issues would be amicably resolved before the end of his term.

Daasebre Dr Nyarko Asumadu Appiah, Chief of Akyem Wenchi, during a courtesy call on him by the President, appealed for a revamp of the Great Consolidated Diamonds Limited (GCDL) at Akwatia to serve as a source of employment for the people.

The GCDL intends to establish an integrated diamond mining and processing industry with the prime objective of turning around the fortunes of the mine.

He called for speedy work on the rehabilitation of the Takorasi-Kusi Road and Akwatia town roads.

The President started his three days tour of the Eastern Region from Nkawkaw to Atibie, Koforidua, Peduase, Adukrom, Awukugua, Okere, Adeiso, Akroso, Manso, Akyem Swedru, Akim Oda, and ended at Akyem Wenchi.


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