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Aftermath of the Bono/Sunyani Deserves Better Demonstration: Bono Regional House of Chiefs To Pay Courtesy Call On President Nana Akuffo-Addo

Bono Regional House of Chiefs To Pay Courtesy Call On President Nana Akuffo-Addo about Bono Development

Sunyani, January 27, 2022

The Bono Regional House of Chiefs says, the house has written to the Presidency to request for appointment to pay a courtesy call on President Nana Akuffo-Addo.

This was in a Press Release dated 25 January 2022 and jointly signed by Messers Atta Akoto Senior and Nana Akomea Sakyi, President and Secretary respectively for the Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA).

The release contained an update and response received from the Regional House of Chiefs pertaining to the petition presented to the house on the Sunyani/Bono Deserves Better demonstration held Friday, December 10, 2021.

According to the release, “the Bone Regional House of Chiefs have notified SYDA in a response to SYDA’s request for action taken by Nananom on the petition presented to the noble house that, the petition has been discussed at the standing committee and the general house on the 15th and 16 December 2021 respectively”.

“The response further states that the Bono Regional House of Chiefs has written to the Presidency to request for appointment to pay a courtesy call on the President”. 

The release said “Nananom  gave the assurance that the petition presented to them would be delivered to the president when they make the trip after their requested appointment with the President is honoured”.

The release further stated “Sunyani Youth Development Association and its stakeholders that organized the Sunyani/Bono Deserve Better Demonstration wish to inform the general public particularly those who took part and all who in diverse ways supported the successful demonstration on the 10″ December, 2021 about our findings following an interaction with the Bono Regional House of Chiefs”.

The release added “We are happy to further report after our visit to the airport that work on the airport was on-going steadily”.

The release assured that the Association shall endeavour to update their patrons and the general public on the outcome of the petition and thanked the Bono Regional House of Chiefs for their swift action so far. 

Some key issues captured by this writer in the Sunyani Deserves Better petition were “Bono Needs it’s Share of the National Cake, Where is the €153.9 million money for our water expansion since 2014, Sunyani Deserves 65,000 capacity stadium, Bring back our Airport”.

Others included “Fix New Dormaa to Yawhima Road, Fix our Children’s Park, Reverse the Sold South Ridge Lands, Gentility is Not Stupidity, Stop Selling Government Lands In Sunyani”.

The protesters further stated “Sunyani  Deserves Ultra Modern Market, Complete Our Ring-Road, CNC Building Should Not Hit Pension Age, complete it now, Our Regional Library is Behind 19 years Schedule, complete it now”.

They worried bitterly that “if the Sunyani Airport was functioning, the late Ebony, a rising Ghanaian highlife musician from Sunyani wouldn’t have died young”, Nana Akomea Sakyi, the SYDA Secretary told this writer.

A week and few days after the demonstration, authorities began actions and continues inspection and monitoring of the above mentioned projects for them to be abreast with updates, evaluate and asses progress.

A publication sighted by this writer said “the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, at its Annual General Meeting in Sunyani has called on government to speed up the development processes to facilitate rapid socio-economic growth and development of the region”. 

The publication said Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang-Badu II, President of the House and Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area made the call and touched on the rehabilitation of the Sunyani Airport, construction of the Nana Bosoma Central market and the Sunyani Library which were far behind schedule.

Addressing the general meeting of the House, Oseadeeyo Agyemang-Badu II also expressed much displeasure about the poor road networks and lack of mordern Standard Sports Stadium in the Region to boost sporting and economic activities, the publication noted.

Discussions in the airwaves monitored by this writer afterwards was centered on mostly the speedy completion and functioning of the Sunyani Airport, the Bono Regional Library and the ongoing ring-roads construction by the Sinohydro Chinese Company.

Other continuous discussion focus on the New Dormaa-Kotokrom-Yawhima road which has recently gotten the attention of Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, Chiefs, Assembly members and radio commentators.

In further development, a news publication sighted on the Ghana News Agency’s website on January 20, 2022, was with headline “Zoomlion Disinfects Sunyani Airport for Flight to Resume in March”.

It said Zoomlion Ghana Limited has begun disinfection and fumigation exercise at the Sunyani Airport, as contractors working on the rehabilitation and expansion of the airport put finishing touches for flights to resume.

According to Madam Justina Owusu Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, the Regional Coordinating Council and the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) had engaged the waste management and sanitation firm to undertake the disinfection and fumigation exercise.

During an inspection visit to the airport, Mad Owusu-Banahene said she was highly impressed about the level of work done so far, and expressed the hope that the contractors would speed up to meet the deadline.

Though the contractors were not met on site, work on the rehabilitation and expansion of the airport was steadily progressing.

Mad Owusu-Banahene said the project was about 95 percent complete, with minor works to be done on the runway, indicating the project was expected to be completed by February for flight to resume in March, this year.


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