Tuesday, January 13, 2009

President Atta Mills assures Ghanaians of equitable development

President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday said Government would ensure fair distribution of national development and make equity the hallmark of his administration.
     He noted the high expectations of the Ghanaian citizenry from his administration and gave the assurance that, the government would do its best ensure that no sector was left behind as the nation made efforts to improve the living conditions of the people.
     President Atta Mills gave the assurance when a delegation from the Oguaa Traditional Council from the Central Region paid a courtesy call on him to congratulate him on his election and assumption to the highest office of the land.
     The President expressed his appreciation to the chiefs for their role in making the last general elections peaceful and reiterated the role of the traditional chiefs in national development.
     The delegation, led by Oguaahene Osabarima Kwesi Atta, commended the President on his election and pledged the support of the chiefs and people of the Central Region to the President in his role as the leader of the nation.
     Osabarima Atta said the Oguaman (the Oguaa Council) was confident that the President would be a father to all.
     Among the delegation were Nana Kwame Nifa, Adontenhene; Nana Ofori Twako IV, Krontihene of the Council; Nana Kweku Arhin, Akomfodehen of Oguaa; Nana Kweku Enu, Kukuada Apewusikahen, Nana Kow Amoasi III, Efutu Mamponghen; and Nana Kojo Abaka Nsuakyirhen.
     A delegation of the top hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service also called on the President, to congratulate the President who was the Chairman of the Ghana Police Council, when he was Vice President from 1997 to 2001.
     The President noted the close relationsnip he had with the police at that time and commended the Service for their sacrifices and dedicated service.
     He observed that there were challenges within the Service and promised that Government would deal with dispatch in matters affecting the Police.
     "Governance is a continuous affair. We therefore want to assure you that we'll continue to co-operate with you to ensure that there is security for our people," the President said.
     President Atta Mills said the issue of internal security was a top priority of his administration, and added that there was only one Police Service from which Ghanaians had expectations to maintain security.
     The President said Government would deal with the Police in an open and objective manner and called for stronger cooperation between the Government and the Police.
     "Let's make stronger the links which bind us so that we can strive for excellence," the President said.
     Mr. Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong, the Inspector General of Police, who led delegation, pledged the loyalty of the Police to the President.
     He said legislation on the Service was undergoing a review of the new Police Service Law now before Parliament.
     Mr. Acheampong, further announced that the Police was pursuing a five-year strategic plan covering all aspects of the Service in terms of training, management, education, logistics and organisation.
     The President also had talks with Tetsuro Yano of the House of Councillors of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.
     Mr Yano expressed the interest of Japan to develop the road network of the eastern corridor of the country.
     The President also held a close-door meeting with the Military High Command.

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