The Techiman Traditional Council has welcomed New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate hopeful, Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, who they consider as their own.
Techiman, in the Bono East region, has deeper connections with Alan’s family at Ejisu, Patase and links with the Abenase stool at the Manhyia Palace.
The Akwamuhene of Techiman, Nana Owusu Gyare II, who represented Nana Oseadeeye Akumfi Ameyaw IV, the Paramount chief of Techiman Traditional area, at the meeting of chiefs of the Techiman Traditional Council affirmed that Alan Kyerematen is one of their own and pledged the support of Nananom and the people for his candidature. He called for decent campaign messages.
Nana Apenten Fosu Gyeabour, Chief of Hansua and Baamuhene of Techiman also advised Mr. Kyerematen to avoid campaign of insults since the race involved the same party men.
The former Trade and Industry Minister, who called on the chiefs of the Techiman Traditional Council on Wednesday, thanked them for their warm welcome.
Mr. Kyerematen corroborated the claim of the chiefs that he is directly linked to the Techiman stool and, therefore, a royal and not a stranger of the land.
He narrated how his father, the late Dr. A. A.Y. Kyerematen was connected to the Techiman Traditional Council, culminating in the settling of the Queen mother of Techiman in Patase and subsequently the creation of the Abenase stool at the Manhyia Palace.
He outlined his vision for seeking to be president to the chiefs and people of the area, which he described as ‘home’ to him.
Mr. Kyerematen mentioned that he delivered well on his mandate as Minister for Trade and Industry under the Akufo-Addo government and pointed out to the 1D1F, aimed at creating jobs for the people, as one of the policies he championed.
Out of the 296 factories established across the country under the 1D1F project, 10 were sited in the Bono East Region. Six of them were under construction while the remaining four were already in operation.
The presidential candidate hopeful also disclosed that 67 Business Resource Centres had been created across the country with three in Techiman, Atebubu, and Kintampo, all in the Bono East region to encourage and promote private sector development.
According to the former Trade and Industry Minister, about 47 Technology Solution Centres had also been established to assist in the promotion of the ideals of the various Business Resource Centres.
He, therefore, pleaded with Nananom to support him to realise the objectives of the programme and policies created in his former ministry towards jobs for the youth to prevent them from drifting to the rural areas for non-existent jobs.
Mr. Kyerematen also had fruitful engagements with political and religious leaders, as well as the media and the public in the area, during his visit to the Techiman Traditional area.