Team Techiman refers to the individuals, identifiable groups, chiefs, political activists and politicians who joined efforts in diverse ways including experiences, resources and physical strengths in ensuring the safe delivery of the Bono East Region. The team comprised the twin constituencies, i.e., Techiman North and South.
It’s often said that nothing good comes easy, and surely, Bono East Region was not got on a silver platter. Team Techiman that was well composed with all the appropriate human and other resources lived up to the task.
In the first place, our traditional leaders who petitioned for the region did not leave it there but did all the follow-ups with the risks and financial implications involved. My own chief was involved in the North East matters and I could see the hustles and bustles you went through in defending your petitions through presentations. You deserved it, you demanded for it at the right time and your youth did not disappoint you. I say ayekoo [well done] and more grease to your elbows.
Our politicians, behaved and did exactly what was expected of them. The Bono East struggle is enough evidence that our politicians deliberately become overly partisan during the peak periods of electioneering campaigns but that spirit of oneness is inherent.
Team Techiman saw the perfect combination of all the “political human resources” from all the available political parties within the municipality and Techiman North District. Apart from the blend of the experienced constituency executives from all political parties, other party members from all the political divide who were also assigned specific duties did not sleep on their assigned jobs. We had our political leaders, both present and the past effectively combining resources and experiences towards the project. Our sitting and past chief executives, current and past members of Parliament, current and past ministers in the two constituencies showed maturity and patriotism in making sure Bono East becomes a reality. May the good Lord raise all of you up. You have made history and posterity will give you thumbs up.
With all apologies, permit me to personally acknowledge individuals I think were also instrumental and should be mentioned. Hon Seth Assah Adjei, the Coordinator of the whole project, did not let Techiman people down. He proved his worth as an experienced retired educationist. I can see the hell he went through but maintained his composure till the work was done. Hon Prince Donyinah, former MCE, pulled the right strings both in the forefront and behind the scenes to deliver Bono East. Our father and brother, Mr Unuasco, refused to be left out of the history. His contributions were selfless and revealing. Nana Afena Nketia ll gave his all to make sure he secured Bono East, and here we are.
For the young men and women, let me not attempt, I just can’t mention names. You showed you had the muscles and you secured Bono East for no one, but for yourselves.
“The life wire, the engine room, the biggest history maker and the engineer of the Bono East, if I am not mistaken, is our father, uncle, husband, and the all-time politician who refused to grow old, Hon Prof Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, a patriot to be remembered; a gem worth celebrating.”
There would have been no Bono East or we would have had a chaotic Bono East if the various committees and subcommittees neglected their responsibilities. I say a big thank you to all Bono East committee members.
Political parties within the Bono East enclave, let me say, hurray to all of you but also indicate to you that you only secured your own independence with this huge New Year gift that has been competently dashed you. You grabbed it and you will very soon start enjoying the fruits of your labour. Marvelous and selfless participation! Let the unity continue.
The media and our mediamen were just classic and spectacular in the fight for Bono East. You deserve the biggest salute. You had every opportunity to have messed up with the whole project, but you chose to be citizens and not spectators, purposeful and disciplined media, kudos!! We can rely on you.
The clergy and our Mallams really committed the Bono East project into the hands of God. Enough fasting and prayers were done and all the spiritual sacrifices were made and accepted by the Almighty Allah.
Teachers, pupils and students had to add their voices in the history making. They sacrificed their academic work to create the awareness. For the pupils and students, we simply simplified their future hustles for them. They will grow to have all their regional offices, God willing and possibly in their backyard. Without them, the fight would have been completely incomplete. Thank you.
I can’t go without recognising the disciplined electorate who translated all these toils into the finished product called BONO EAST. We neither betrayed nor disgraced our highly revered chiefs. Bono East is now a reality, an achievement we all pride ourselves with.
I’m neither Janus nor a Janus-faced creature to see or know everything. I may not have been able to mention an individual who also contributed immensely, I only mentioned the few I am privy to but if I don’t even mention you here, God and posterity will do it in a grand style, so don’t be bothered. It’s all about BER.
Folks, as I drop my hand, I want to draw your attention to the fact that looking at how the campaign team was, the synergy was so great such that it was almost an impossibility to “abort” Bono East and there we go into the new year with a new region. Politicians are not the same, don’t accept that assertion. Since 1992, no politician ever gave you a new region as a new year gift. Nana Addo and Bawumia have just done it, aren’t they different from the others?
Wishing you all happy new year. Just celebrate!!!!!
Albert (Takofiano, Techiman South) 🐘👍🏾
Where Do We Site Bono East Capital Strategically to Benefit All?
My deepest appreciation goes to all and sundry who, in diverse ways, contributed to the creation of Bono East Region. We are proud winners!!!!!!.
Initially, I thought we will respectfully leave the selection of the regional capital to His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to decide. However, surprisingly, some people have started putting in some analysis here and there in order to win favour from the President for the siting of the capital.
In view of this, l also deem it fit as a politician and also a stakeholder in the ruling party to express my opinion on the issue.
There is a school of thought that, distance has a role to play in the selection; another school of thought says, centrality of the capital to the other towns is a point to consider.
As much as I agree to the points above, I also strongly agree that, any good politician or political researcher will not listen to any of such points because in politics all those points are WEAK ones.
A first year Free SHS Government student is aware that, in politics it is the numbers that count.
Now, let’s look at what percentages the contentious towns contributed to the YES votes in the just-ended referendum.
This is limited to YES votes:
- Techiman South and North – 140,719 =31.37%
- Nkoranza South & North – 84,877=18.92%
- Kintampo South & North – 77,724 = 17.73%
- Pru East & West – 52,144 = 10.67%
- Atebubu Amanten – 46,668 = 10.40%
- Sene East & West – 40,594 = 9.05%
With the above analysis, I think any politician or government will consider where to site the Regional capital because in politics numbers are the KEY ingredient in any election.
Again, I think we all know the difference between 31% and 10% in any election.
I hope Hon Dan Botwe, the General, will read this.
Hon Martin Korsah will do same, likewise many more NPP researchers and political scientists.
Bono East Creation Referendum Certified Results (2018)
Addo-Donkor Everson (Hon)