Northern Traditional Leaders Embrace Ken Agyapong’s Vision With Generous Land Donations3 min read
Key traditional leaders in Northern Ghana have come forward with generous land donations in support of the NPP flagbearer aspirant, Ken Agyapong’s ambitious Northern Industrialization Agenda.
The prominent traditional leaders, Yaa-Naa and Tolon Naa, have made substantial contributions to help realize Ken Agyapong’s vision for the region’s development.
Yaa-Naa, the overload of the Dagbon kingdom, has pledged an unspecified acreage of land, while Tolon Naa has gone a step further by offering an impressive 2,000 acres of land to support Ken Agyapong’s industrialization initiative.
In an interview with the media during his tour of the Northern region, Mr Agyapong expressed his gratitude for the support, stating, “Yaa-Naa has promised me land in Savelugu, and Tolon’s chief has also promised land. You will see what I’m going to do if I get those lands.”
The NPP flagbearer hopeful emphasized his commitment to financing his Northern Industrialization Agenda without resorting to loans. He asserted, “All these things I’m telling you, my brother. No loans, nothing. Everything is cash, yes! I’ve never taken a loan before. If I had taken any loan from any bank, they should come and tell the whole of Ghana that Ken Agyapong took a loan.”
Additionally, the Assin Central lawmaker made it clear that his past initiatives, particularly in the realm of agriculture, had been financed without external financial assistance.
He pointed out, “Everything I’ve done on this earth, in Ghana here, involved no loans. That’s exactly what I’m going to do in the five northern regions.”
One of his notable initiatives includes sugarcane farming in Komenda, which faced challenges, including a fire incident. The flagbearer aspirant narrated the incident and highlighted his determination to overcome obstacles.
Mr Agyapong recounted, “Look, I started sugarcane farming in Komenda. Unfortunately, when we were paying compensation, they didn’t like it, they said the money was too small, and they burnt the farm. So, I was in Cape Coast at that time, and with the help of Adumaden Fire Service, we quenched the fire.”
In addition to his existing projects, Mr Agyapong shared the news of securing substantial land in Bono East, graciously donated by a local chief. “He gave us 125,000 acres. We have cultivated 30,000 acres of cassava, built a starch plant, and produce 300 tonnes a day at Atebobo Amanten. We have employed 960 permanent workers. We have built another starch plant for 200 tonnes a day, which will be commissioned in December.”
Mr Agyapong indicated “So if I tell you I’m going to do it, my brother, I’m going to do it. When you go to my constituency, you will see that I have built the largest orange and pineapple fruit processing facility.
“We export them to Spain and Brazil in the form of concentrate. I have done a lot in this country; sometimes, you don’t know. So when I saw these lands, I said, ‘Jesus Christ, why should 13 or 18-year-old girls migrate to the South for Kayayie? Why should our 17-year-old boys go to the South to work as house boys?'”
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