“The theme for the 66th Independence Day Anniversary; ‘ Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose’, embodies the urgent need to work together to overcome the dire consequences of the turmoil confronting us as a nation”. This was noted by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah during this year’s Independence Day celebration that took place at the Jubilee park within the Ashanti Regional capital.
According to Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah, ‘we need to bring back the unity of purpose to engender the needed strength required to address the challenges we face as a country.
Despite the challenges that the whole world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian-Ukrain war of which Ghana is not an exception, the Government of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has introduced several policies and programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development, Rearing for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory among others aimed at helping to address the fundamental economic challenges, he added.
The Regional Minister explained that despite the challenges, the Ashanti Region has received an appreciable number of development projects since 2017. Some of these projects are the Kumasi International Airport, the Boankra Inland Port, TVET, STEM and Creative Art Schools, Health facilities, Residential accommodation complex for Court of Appeal Judges, the Kejetia/ Central Market Phase II among others.
Touching on the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council’s (ARCC) initiative to beautify the Ashanti Region, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah indicated that the ARCC together with MMDAs within the Region in 2018 started an initiative to clean and green the Region. The initiative has however been rebranded after partnering with ZOOMLION under the name Sustainable Cleaning, Greening, and Beautification of Ashanti project. Under the current project, 13 Assemblies within Greater Kumasi have been supplied with new waste collection trucks.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah expressed his gratitude to the President for appointing him for two successive terms, currently making him the longest serving Ashanti Regional Minister under the Fourth Republic.