By Christopher Tetteh, Sunyani, May 21, 2021
The Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA) has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint Dr. Kofi Bobi Barimah to be the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sunyani in the interest of development through absolute peace.
According to the Association, “our decision is born out of careful thought and thorough assessment of the applicants and their respective abilities to balance development and peace in Sunyani”.
This was in a press release jointly signed by Messrs Atta Akoto Senior and Nana Akomea Sakyi, President and Secretary respectively and copied all relevant Stakeholders and the media houses in Sunyani.
The release said Dr. Kofi Bobi Barimah, the Executive Director of the Centre for Plant Medicine Research at Mampong Akuapem in the Eastern Region stood tallest and most qualified to cooperate with residents in Sunyani and other stakeholders such as Traditional Authorities to facilitate peace and speedy holistic development.
The release explained that Sunyani has always been peaceful but current happenings within the New Patriotic Party in the Municipality give so much cause to worry, because it is certain that development cannot thrive without peace.
We fear that if care is not taken, the choice of some candidates could only create a murky ground for further grudge which would definitely and ultimately affect Sunyani’s development, the release stated.
The release added “Considering the hallmark of Dr Barimah, particularly pertaining to his industriousness ingenuity and track record as being a game changer at wherever he has worked, we are confident he is not going to experiment with our dear Sunyani as the MCE, but rather bring real development to the Municipality”.
The release stressed that it is worthy to note that Dr. Barimah, while in Canada, he was tasked to chair an adhoc committee that brought peace and unity to various Ghana Unions that had some misunderstanding among them which gave him recognition at the Canadian House of Commons.
This is enough to say that his choice would surely inure to peaceful Sunyani, because looking at his background as a public health expert, his international connections and mastery in public administration and the fact that no one can accuse him of belonging to any of the factions within any feuding parties within his NPP party, there is no doubt that he is the choice that is required to bring real developments to Sunyani.