By Christopher Tetteh, GNA
Goaso (B/A), Sept. 21, GNA - The residents of Goaso and the entire Ahafo area of Brong-Ahafo Region have been advised to vote emphatic yes in their numbers to get the required percentage during the upcoming referendum to endorse the creation of the Ahafo Region.
The result of the impending referendum slated for December 27, 2018 would determine whether the proposed Ahafo Region would become a reality or not.
This is because, constitutionally the proposed region could only be created if 50 per cent of the total number of qualified voters in the area turned up on the day of the referendum to vote and out of that 50 per cent, 80 per cent must have voted yes.
Nana Baffour Akwasi Bosompra I, the Paramount Chief (Omanhene) of Goaso Traditional Area gave the advice in a speech delivered on his behalf at a public sensitisation forum at Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality.
The forum organised by MTN Ghana Limited, a mobile telecommunication company was to showcase the number of socio-economic development projects it had executed as part of its corporate social responsibility programme for Ghanaians within the last three years.
It was also to update residents within the Municipality about its operations and services and the operational strategies devised to address peculiar challenges relating to its numerous services, as well as the socio-economic achievements made to complement government’s efforts to enhance the lives of Ghanaians.
The participants included; representatives from the Goaso Traditional Council, the security services, Assembly Members, civil servants and the general public.
Nana Bosompra said the day of the referendum had offered them the opportunity to decide for themselves if they wanted rapid and holistic development which could better be achieved through a separate region or not.
“Now our socio-economic destiny, either we want accelerated progress or not is in our own hands”, the Omanhene stressed.
Nana Bosompra lauded the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the decision to create the additional regions in the country, upon the expressed will and consent of the people.
He said it would bring about numerous socio-economic benefits such as ensuring equitable distribution of national resources, which could provide job avenues for the teeming unemployed youth to be employed.
Concerning security pertaining to the MTN mobile money services, District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Richard Hornuvo, the Goaso District Police Commander said the company though had structures to protect customers from fraudsters but “all customers must also be diligent to ensure secured environment when accessing mobile money services”.