The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has promised to solve the Fulani herdsmen menace in Agogo and its environs for good when voted into power.
Although he was not specific on how he intended to solve the long-standing problem in the area, he said the cattle population in Ghana was not that huge and should be easily managed for the benefit of all.
He gave the example of Brazil with a population of 200 million inhabitants and 213 million cattle but has never had any problem, adding, “I don’t see why we in Ghana cannot do same.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, who was addressing the traditional leaders of Agogo as part of his five-day tour of the region last Sunday, said with good planning and policies, the farmers and cattle should be able to co-exist without any problem.
He assured the chiefs and elders of the Agogo traditional council of the resolve of an NPP administration to solve the age-old problem once and for all and asked the people to ensure that the party wins the presidential election to bring finality to the issue.
Nana Akufo-Addo also said the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, would be empowered to deal with all acts of violence and crimes irrespective of the perpetrators involved.
That, he said, would reduce the many casesof armed robbery, rape and murders that had been recorded in the town in recent times.
As part of his plans to create jobs for the people, he said he would bring on stream the plans by the former Member of Parliament for the area, the late Mr Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, to establish a tomato factory at Agogo.
He said the one-district-one-factory project was a very feasible one and geared towards job creation and also support farming activities in all districts.
According to him, the factories would serve as a ready market for the tomato farmers and also encourage more people to go into farming as they would have an outlet to sell their produce and also earn a living.
“These are not vain promises just because of power. It is something we have worked out and know is feasible.”
The Krontihene of the Agogo Traditional Area, who represented the Omanhene, Nana Kofi Nti, assured Nana Addo of the prayers of the nananom in his quest to become President and reiterated the problems posed by Fulani herdsmen and asked that immediate attention should be paid to them.
Leaves for UK/US
Meanwhile, Nana Akufo-Addo left the shores of Ghana last Monday for a 10-day visit to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.