The Omanhen (Paramount Chief) of the Komenda Traditional Area, Nana Kojo Kru II, has commended the Flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, for all the massive developments that he has brought to the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) municipality.
According to Nana Kojo Kru II, there is no illustrious person in KEEA that can be compared to Dr. Nduom, and as such, he is grateful to God for giving him and the people of Komenda the flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
The Omanhen made these remarks in an address to his people during the 2016 Nyeyi festival held at Komenda on Saturday, 10 September 2016.
He told the gathering that he and his people extended an invitation to Dr. Nduom to be the special guest of honour because he [Dr. Nduom] is a native of the area, and secondly, for the massive projects and developments he has embarked on in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) municipality and not as a presidential candidate.
Nana Kojo Kru II touted Nduom’s businesses which range from media to hospitality, industries and financial services, and hoped for more persons of his calibre to emerge from the municipality.
He warned journalists not misconstrue his praise as campaigning for him, stressing that he invited him with the hope that the people will benefit from his wisdom and entrepreneurial experience.
He lauded his achievements and urged him to continue with all the good works he is doing in the KEEA municipality.
Groupe Nduom, a company that Dr. Nduom is the President and Chairman of, has an industrial estate situated in the heart of KEEA with companies there that include GN Printing, GN Electronics, FreshPak, GN Logistics and GN Quarry.
Apart from that, there is also the Nduom School of Business and Technology, a university that is strategically going to focus on business and technology.
There is the Nduom Sports Stadium, the first division Elmina Sharks football club and the women’s premier team, Sea Lions.
In the hospitality and tourism industry, there is the Coconut Grove Hotel (Beach Resort), Coconut Grove Bridge House and finally the Coconut Grove Village.
In the media, there is also Ahomka FM and Ocean 1 television. GN Bank has four offices in the KEEA municipality.
Delivering his remarks as the special guest of honour, Dr. Nduom thanked the chief for the kind words and asked the townsfolk not to see his remarks as that of a politician.
He said he is the president of the people of KEEA and that presidents of Ghana will come and go but he [Dr. Nduom] will remain with the people.
Dr. Nduom added that he and the Groupe Nduom (GN) are committed to making KEEA a vibrant industrial centre; but decried the redundant nature of a library whose construction he promoted for the area; and pleaded with the chief to allow him to put an employee there to ensure its regular opening.
In addition, he promised to provide them with solar lights to facilitate the learning process there so the children can make use of the centre.
He asked the Omanhen to provide land on which he will build a cold store for the people of Komenda, stones for a sea defence project, roofing sheets, pavement blocks and cement for the renovation of the traditional council’s office.
On the Komenda Sugar factory, Dr. Nduom said he remains committed to the factory and would do everything within his means to ensure the factory works. Against this background, he disclosed that he has acquired land for growing sugar cane to feed the sugar factory.
He said President Mahama and Nana Addo are communicators and lawyers respectively, as such have no experience at creating jobs unlike him and urged the people to vote for him.
Komenda was founded by Nana Komen Payin, who according to history, fought and killed a gorilla that threatened and killed women who went to fetch water at a stream in the land.
The death of the beast brought the people of Komenda together as a community. Today, a monument has been erected in the town in honour of the town’s founder.