NDC will upgrade Sekondi Central Market—NDC running mate

The next National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration will rebuild the Sekondi Central Market if it wins the December polls, the running mate of the party, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has assured.

The move is to enhance economic activities in one of the busiest economic enclaves in the Western Region.

Other projects pencilled for the area include the renovation of the Sekondi-Takoradi Cultural Centre and the upgrade of roads in line with the NDC’s infrastructure development plan.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang gave the assurance when she interacted with members of the Sekondi Traditional Council as part of her campaign tour of the Western Region.

Responding to a number of requests by the chiefs, the running mate explained that the upgrading of the Sekondi Central Market and roads in Sekondi-Takoradi has been captured in the party’s manifesto.

With the NDC pledging to invest $10 billion in infrastructure in what it terms the ‘Big Push’, she said the area would have it share of the national cake when the NDC won power.

“When we promise, we deliver,” she said, and cited many manifesto promises the previous NDC administration fulfilled in the region.

Touching on a request for more jobs for the youth in the area, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) would be prioritised in the region to enable more young people in the region to be technically equipped to access industrial jobs, especially in the oil and gas, and food processing sectors.

Chiefs at the gathering complained about the unpaid compensation for lands acquired during the Kufuor administration for projects.

Responding to the concerns, Prof Opoku-Agyeman told the chiefs that the issue would be dealt with effectively when the NDC returned to power.

She rallied the chiefs and people of Sekondi to vote for the NDC for meaningful change, indicating that an NDC government would ensure that development in the various sectors of the economy, particularly the oil and gas sector, became more beneficial to the people of the region.

“We assure you that the NDC will pursue a national development agenda without marginalisation,” she stressed.

Nana Barima Ekow Gyesa II, the acting President of the Sekondi Traditional Council, welcoming the running mate earlier, expressed disappointment that although the present government promised to address their concerns regarding the compensation for lands, job creation and the Sekondi market upgrade, none had been fulfilled.

He believed that since development hasdto be beneficial to the people, the progress of the oil and gas sector must reflect in the wellbeing of the people, particularly the youth in the region.

“We are optimistic that you will help to address our needs when you win power,” he told the running mate.

 

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