By Christopher Tetteh, GNA
Sunyani, Nov. 08, GNA – A traditional ruler has lauded the government’s social intervention programmes geared towards job creation and poverty reduction.
According to Nana Kwaku Sabeng, the Akwamuhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area observed that the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) had enhanced food production in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after a town hall meeting organised by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly, the Chief said the PfFJs programme had yielded significant results in the region saying, “There is abundance of food everywhere in the region”.
This is basically as a result of improved seeds and fertilizers the government supplied to farmers, as well as the numerous trainings farmers have received on pest and disease control in the last farming season, he said.
Nana Sabeng said rice, cocoyam, maize, plantain and cassava production had witnessed unprecedented increase in the region this year.
He indicated that the abundance of food in the country was an indication that the government was threading on a good path and expressed the hope that the implementation of other flagship programmes would improve on the socio-economic livelihoods of the people.
In a related development, Mr Martin Obeng, the Sunyani West District Chief Executive had advised traditional authorities in the district to give way for amicable settlement of chief disputes, which was affecting the development of the area.
He observed that the protracted chieftaincy dispute between two major traditional areas in the district – Odumase number two and Awuah Dumase was having rippling effect on the progress of the districts.
Mr Obeng noted that chieftaincy dispute remained the greatest threat to socio-economic development of every society.
The town hall meeting was attended by chiefs, queens, religious bodies, students, heads of Departments and Agencies and assembly members.
It created a common platform for citizens to interact with duty bearers, and to improve on social accountability.
Mr. Obeng observed that since they were the embodiment of the people, chiefs and queen mothers remained key players in governance process, noting that, without unity among them, they could not support and monitor implementation of government policies and programmes for useful outcomes.