The Chief of the Chiraa Traditional Area in the Sunyani West District of the Bono Region, Nana Afari Mintah is calling on Ghanaians to come together and fix the country, saying it is a collective responsibility.
His call comes on the back of agitations and clamoring for the country to be fixed, led by the #FixTheCountry campaigners.
The pressure, which began on social media in protest to harsh economic conditions and youth unemployment, was taken to the streets as thousands of Ghanaians piled pressure on the government to address challenges in the economy.
Commenting on the campaign, Nana Mintah said Ghana can only be fixed if all citizens come together to play their respective roles.
“Not long ago, some young men, who call themselves fix the country advocates, demonstrated. Nana, I and my (queen) mother will help you in fixing the country. Governance is not for a single person or few people to undertake. It is a collective responsibility. It is for all of us to contribute our quota in developing the country. Let us all, in unity, support the President in discharging his vision to develop Ghana,” he remarked when President Akufo-Addo called on him at his palace, as part of his 2-day tour of the Bono Region.
He also questioned how the country could be fixed “when people go to work at 11 am instead of the reporting time of 9 am.”
“……if we all unite and listen to the President and do what we are supposed to, I know Ghana will develop,” he reiterated.
“If you want to fix Ghana and you are into galamsey, can you do it? Our water bodies have been destroyed through galamsey. How do we fix a country with this attitude?” he queried.
“Our forest reserves, left for us by our forefathers, forests which belong to the state, you enter them and fell down the trees, you degrade them. How do you fix it? Pay taxes, you say I will not pay, you dodge it. Can you fix it?” he quizzed further.
Touching on the developmental agenda of the President when he assumed the reins of power, Nana Mintah praised President Akufo-Addo for living up to expectations with his numerous pledges in the road, education and agriculture sector.
“When he talked about the year of roads, it wasn’t a fluke. Today we have seen it ourselves. A road network, which has been unattended to for years, regimes upon regimes have come and gone but it has never witnessed even an upgrading, today, we see it being constructed.”
On education, Nana Afari Mintah expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the various infrastructural projects and other interventions put in place at the Chiraa Senior High School.
“In all sincerity, what Nana has done for us, the Chiraa Senior High School, when the students were 2,155, where they would sleep was a challenge. At a point in time, we even considered renting a house for the students to stay in. The MP, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah told me to exercise patience. As we speak, thanks to you Nana Addo, within a short time, we have three girls’ dormitories. We no longer have any challenges for the girls. The boys also have dormitories. There are also enough classroom blocks, Nana, the people of Chiraa are grateful to you,” he said.