President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has jestingly asked chiefs from the Avenor traditional area in the Volta Region, to cap their offer to him to become a citizen of the area, with a woman as wife.
The chiefs and queen mothers in the area on Monday appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo to adopt Avenor as his home and offered to give him a land for him to build a home in the area.
“We the people of Avenor have no alternative than to respectively ask you to adopt Avenor as your home as you are now treated as an illustrious son of the land,” President of the Council, Torgbui Dorglo Anumah VI told Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to Togbui Anumah who led the chiefs to pay a courtesy call on the president, the Akufo-Addo’s achievements have positively reflected on the image of Avenor for which they have offered him the opportunity to become a citizen.
“Our appreciation cannot be complete if we fail to allocate a piece of land to you to build a home here to fortify and strengthen our relationship. You’re now a citizen of Avenor,” he declared.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in responding thanked the chiefs for the offer, stating he was grateful to them for the decision to give him a land.
“You know, with land and a house, something [woman] has to go with it,” he told the chiefs in jest, triggering spontaneous applause and laughter.
“I have to get the permission of Mama Rebecca [his wife],” Nana Akufo-Addo said, adding “there are one or two candidates. There are candidates; even in this room, there are candidates. Anyway, I’m very, very grateful for the offer”.
Avenor chiefs back Akufo-Addo for second term
Meanwhile, the chiefs have backed President Nana Akufo-Addo for a second term.
According to the chiefs who constitute the Avenor Traditional Council, Nana Akufo-Addo’s “remarkable achievements have reflected positively on the image of Avenor”.
“It is our firm assurance that we support your second term bid,” Torgbui Anumah said.
He assured Nana Akufo-Addo that the chiefs and people within the traditional area “will make sure that your victory will be resounding and landslide. Our full support is for your government to carry on the good works you’ve started”.
The Akufo-Addo government’s flagship programmes, especially the Free SHS and the Planting for Food and Jobs, he said, has positively impacted on the lives of the people of Ghana.
“We are grateful for the introduction of the free SHS which has helped parents to make savings for other family projects,” he stated.
He said the planting for food and jobs has also put Akatsi in the lead in rice production, saying “the government support for our famers in terms of agricultural input has helped us to substantially boost production”.
Meanwhile, the chiefs have appealed to the President give the Akatsi District a municipal status.
“A formal letter and justification for this request will soon be forwarded to the minister of local government and rural development and we will await the introduction of the necessary LI in parliament to give effect to this” the paramount chief Togbui Anumah said.