Former President John Dramani Mahama has assured the chiefs and people of the Aflao Traditional Area that the next NDC government will provide a modern market that befits a border town for the area.
Accord to him, when the NDC is voted into power in 2024, the Aflao town will be prioritized for development and given a facelift.
He said that the previous NDC government was aware of the development shortfalls of the area, and by extension the Ketu South Municipality, and promised to address those shortfalls when back in office.
Mr Mahama said this during the grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Aflao on Saturday as part of activities to climax this year’s Godigbe Festival. The festival was put on hold for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s celebration coincided with the 25th anniversary of the coronation of the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Torgbuiga Amenya Fiti V.
Mr Mahama said Aflao, being the most prominent border town in Ghana, required a facelift for a better outlook.
“I had talks with our prominent Paramount Chief, Torgbuiga Amenya Fiti, when I was in office. In fact, we had agreed that due to the strategic location of Aflao as the most prominent border town in the country, there should be a modern market on the Aflao side just as with our counterparts on other side in Lome,” he said.
The former President decried the deplorable state of the town’s roads, especially the Aflao-Diamond Cement Road and the Komla Dumor Road, which lead to the Chief’s Palace.
He said the Ho-Aflao road must also be given urgent attention by the Government of the day.
Mr Mahama emphasised the importance of the chieftaincy institution as a repository of Ghana’s traditions and customs, playing a pivotal role in advocacy and national development.
He commended Torgbuiga Fiti on his election as the President of the Forum of Kings and Traditional Rulers of Africa and urged him to use that high recognition to do more for his people and the country.