Most people who visited Bibiani yesterday around 3 pm saw the most heaviest traffic ever in Bibiani and were wondering the cause of that. It later emerged that it was Mr Alfred Obeng who was visiting his hometown yesterday, 10th August for the first time after his removal from BOST as the Managing Director. The chiefs and the community gave him a wonderful welcome back home. The thousands of people who met him at the police barrier before entering Bibiani caused a terrible vehicular traffic.
Some of the placards read “God has punished the conspirators”, “We love you”, “Man of hope”, “We share your vision”, “We will die for you”, “We drink alcohol before Xmas”, “Our incoming MP”, “Touch not the annointed one”, “The humble man”, “Humility pays”, “We are happy to see you”, “Akwaaba”, “Better days ahead”, “We are proud of you” etc .
At the roundabout the crowd insisted that Mr Obeng must address them before going to meet Nananom. This is an extract from his speech:
I am overwhelmed by the large crowd but not surprised because I know my people love me just as I also love you. Let me take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for the solidarity shown to me during that challenging moment. Accept my profound gratitude. My brothers and sisters I am sure you would want to hear from the horse own mouth what led to my removal from BOST as Managing Director. The little I can say here is that there was no fault on my side be it performance or corruption related but the truth is that because of the selfish interest of some people who felt that could not be realised so long as I continue to be the Managing Director and therefore decided to undermine me through falsehoods and lies using media and pressure groups from the very month of my appointment. But to me it is well with my soul because we serve a living God who never fails.
My aim of entering into politics has nothing to do with my personal gains but it is the a means to help the community both in infrastructure and humanity since in Ghana development, even employment is government centred. For example during my 18 months in government I was able to help over 350 of the youth to gain employment. I must state that one of the reasons why I initiated the building of the petroleum tank farm at Adukrom within the Bibiani constituency is to create jobs both direct and indirect jobs for the youth to boost the economic activities of the community which will in turn improve your livelihood.
I want to assure you once again that I will continue to extend my quota towards the creation of the Western North Region. Early this year I bought the Western North Secretariat a brand new Nissan Hardbody Pick-up to facilitate their movement and a cash donation for specific operations and any time I am called upon for help, I will not hesitate.
My weekly meetings with different electoral areas within the constituency to understand their problems in order to assist them will be continued despite the mischief and the propaganda that some people are making out of it. The best way to impact on society is to touch humanity so sharing my wealth with my own people is in the right direction. The feedback from the little support I have been giving you actually inspires me to work hard so that I can do better.
I cannot leave you without giving you this inspirational message. Thus the termination of my appointment as MD of BOST cannot be a recipe to halt my vision to help develop our community both in infrastructure and humanity.
After his speech two questions were asked namely: ”
1. Can you confirm today that you will contest for the MP in the constituency in 2020 because everyone is crying for you. As a result of what the President and his people had done to you even if you contest as independent candidate we will vote for you?
2. Having left BOST, would the construction of the petroleum tank farm you initiated here be continued?”
Mr Obeng answered that now that he is out of BOST he doesn’t have the ultimate power but he will discuss with his successor to continue since its location will serve a good purpose by serving the newly WESTERN NORTH to be created and parts of Brong Ahafo, Ashanti region and Central Region. On the issue of whether he will contest for the MP in the constituency in 2020 he said it is part of the numerous options he is considering but the deciding factor will be which of the options will enable him help the community better. Soon after his answer on this part the crowd started saying whether you would like to be MP or not, the seat is waiting for you.
He then proceeded to greet the market women and the management of the Bibiani government hospital was also waiting for him to address them but due to time factor he couldn’t make it and pleaded with them through his spokesman, Amankwaa that he will visit them when Senior High Schools re-open. He added that he will be donating books to the schools and address the students and the teachers in the 7 constituencies within Sefwi communities.