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…and the Architect of Development
After having been enstooled Benkumhene of Abodom near Bekwai in the Ashanti Region over 20 years ago, Nana Owusu-Ansah has lived by the maxim, “Brighten the Corner where ever you are!”
Subsequently, he has initiated a number of developmental projects to the benefit of his people and community. A situation, which residents are very appreciative of. “Nana de3, s3 manhyia!” (As for Nana, if we had not met him!) they told this reporter.
In an exclusive interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh in his plus mansion at Abodom last week, during the burial and final funeral rites of that great educationist, Thomas Ango Bediako (popularly known as TA), which he played a crucial role, Nana Owusu-Ansah indicated that his part of the township of Abodom-Dadwen Nyame Nkaabi, used to be a swampy and a no-go area for residential purposes. However, through determination and sense of purpose, he constructed and filled streets there, thereby making the place habitable.
It was after this strenuous efforts that government came strongly into the picture, by tiring the streets, thus giving them a face-lift.
Nana Owusu-Ansah has also built estate houses in the area to house nurses and other public servants. To his credit, Nana Owusu-Ansah has further dug boreholes for the use of the community.
Besides this, Nana has also built a six-bed room for the use of police officers in town. Further driven by his development spirit, Nana Owusu-Ansah has rehabilitated the dilapidated S.H.S building at a cost of GH¢10,000.00, whilst planting a ten-acre land of tick trees for the use and welfare of the school. Also under construction is a KG for the town.
It was later water gathered that this project, which was established about 15 years ago, has started being harvested for the full benefit of the school, to which not only the students but also teachers and towns men are very appreciative of. “May the good Lord richly bless him!” they exclaimed.
Through Nana’s tireless efforts light poles have been bought for the expansion of light to the township with the community providing labour.
Poor Lighting System
Nana Owusu-Ansah further indicated that the wires for the lightening of the town have become old and weak, thereby creating constant light-offs, especially at the slightest downpour and whenever the weather becomes threatening.
He has subsequently appealed to the government to once more come to the aid of the town by renewing the wiring system in the township, thereby putting to rest those constant and rampant light-offs.
Though a traditional chief, having to observe all that tradition demands of him, Nana Owusu-Ansah has not relegated to the background, his commitments to his creator. He has subsequently erected a mighty building for the local Methodist church, at a cost of GH¢240,000. This project, he maintains, will be far bigger than the Diocesan Palace at Bekwai.
Vision for 2018 Upwards
Nana Owusu-Ansah indicates that since one does not have to say hurray until he is out of the woods, he will continue to dream big for the town. However, this, he will do in concert with the assembly and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon Joe Osei Owusu, via such projects as 1 District, 1 Factory, (1D1F) a market complex and many more.
On the issue of 1D1F, he pointed out that Abodom has not opted for one. However, she will liaise with Kwamang, which has been slated for Palm Oil/Kennel Factory, taking into consideration the fact that Abodom is predominantly a farming community.
Source: S.O. Ankamah