Mr John Thasun, the District Chief Executive for Nkwanta South, has appealed to government to consider the District for a municipality status to enhance development.

He said the District had over 300 communities with a total population of 117,000, and an above average birth rate.

The Nkwanta South was created out of the Kete Krachi District in 1989 and retained a land area of 2,733 square kilometres after the Nkwanta North District was carved out in 2008, making it the largest District in the Volta region by land size with 14.7 per cent.

Mr Thasun made the appeal at a public engagement during a duty tour of the area by Mr Nyonyo Agboada, Council of State member for Volta in Nkwanta.

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He said the District was strategically positioned to become an economic and industrial enclave and had resolved to establish three factories for a start under the One District One Factory policy initiative.

Mr Thasun said the District was in need of vocational and other skill training centres to productively engage the unemployed and expressed readiness to collaborate with the private sector to transform its economy.

He said an extra substation and rural electrification were crucial to the transformation agenda and appealed to government to prioritize the area.

Mr Thasun said the District’s communities suffered bad road networks and dilapidated bridges with most remote communities being cut off during heavy downpours.

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He said the road linking Dambai in the Krachi East remained a major route but construction had been stalled for some time and appealed for it to be fixed.

Mr Thasun expressed concern over malnutrition in the District and said apart from fighting poverty, sensitization was necessary to erase barriers of “ignorance” and traditional beliefs as well as the establishment of health facilities especially in the remote communities.

He said the District faced environmental degradation due to bush fires, unsuitable farming practices and climate change.

Mr Agboada asked the people to be united to attract investments for rapid development.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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