Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
A GROUP calling itself the Concerned Citizens Association of Yefri, has petitioned the President against the siting of the capital of the newly created Nkoranza North District at Busunya.
They said from all indications, Yefri rather deserved to be the capital and not Busunya, and, therefore, appealed to the President to review the decision in the interest of fair play, peace and development of the area.
In an eight-point petition, the group alleged that since President Kufuor promised them sometime back during the inauguration of a police station in the town that they would be considered the district capital when a new district was created, they had prepared themselves effectively for that day.
It was, therefore, a surprise that when the announcement came, Busunya, which had no infrastructural base, was selected.
The petition signed by Mr K.A. Kodom, Chairman of the group, stated that from time immemorial, Yefri had played an important role in the development of the Nkoranza District and had a number of infrastructural facilities to befit the district capital.
“Yefri has various infrastructures like two junior high schools, senior high school, a post office, a fire station, police station and a health centre.
“Yefri has a nucleus of structures to house the new district assembly and its decentralised agencies, including an 18-room office complex donated by the chief of Yefri until they could put up their own offices,” he said.
The statement further stated that various landlords had pledged over 30 bedrooms to house the staff who would be posted there, while Nananom had also demarcated a 50-acre land for the new district.
It further said Yefri was centrally located and therefore accessible to all communities of the district.
The group pledged support for the President and his government in their resolve to improve the well-being of the people, but indicated that their petition needed to be looked at to ensure fair play.