Ho, Aug 21, GNA – The Volta Regional capital, Ho, on Tuesday became alive following the arrival of President John Dramani Mahama in the town to thank people in the Region for showing love and sympathy to the government on the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills.
By midday, the Ho Jubilee Park was crammed with people awaiting the arrival of the President.
Economic activities virtually came to a standstill around 1300 hours as many taxi drivers joined the enthusiastic crowd and parked their cars at the Centre for National Culture yard.
Music and cultural performances by various drumming groups and cultural troops entertained the crowd which started gathering at 0900 hours.
Some chiefs were reported to have arrived at 1000 hours.
The music and performances reached a crescendo few minutes to 1600 hours when there were signs of the President approaching the Park amidst loud shouts and ear-piercing noise.
His arrival at the Park further electrified the grounds with everybody including “old ladies” and children trying to catch glimpse at the President in all black apparel.
The President acknowledged cheers from the heavy crowd, greeted the chiefs and went for his seat at the dais.
In a short address, President Mahama said, “Though I know this is the World Bank of the NDC, I did not expect such a gargantuan crowd.”
He apologized for arriving late and explained that he had to stop in every community from Sogakope to Ho to address the people because they blocked the road insisting to hear from him.
President Mahama expressed gratitude to people in the Region for the role they played in the death and burial of President Mills.
He assured the Region that all projects started by the Mills’ Administration would be completed.
Togbe Afede XIV, President of the Volta Regional House, thanked President Mahama for being appreciative and wished him well.
Mr Henry Ford Kamel, Volta Regional Minister, assured President Mahama of the support of the Region in realizing the “Better Ghana Agenda” started by the late President Mills.