Paga Chiefs Thank Nana For CK Tedam

President Akufo-Addo interacting with the leader of the Paga delegation

The chiefs and people
of the Paga Traditional Area in the Upper East Region have expressed profound
gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the befitting burial he
gave their late kinsman, Clement Kubindiwo (C. K.) Tedam.

Until his death on
April 26 this year, C. K. Tedam was Chairman of the Council of Elders of the
ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He was not only held
in high esteem in the party but was also considered an icon of the Busia,
Dombo, Danquah political tradition and a founding member of what later
metamorphosed into the NPP.

He first won election
to Parliament as an independent candidate in 1954 and won another in 1956 on
the ticket of the Northern People’s Party (NPP).

But the funeral and
state burial given their late kinsman is what has caught the hearts and minds
of his people to thank the President and the government and people of Ghana for
the honour done them.

“We thank you very
much for the opportunity, and we are sincerely grateful to Your Excellency for
the honour done Hon. C. K. Tedam and us in every step before and during his
funeral,” the Spokesman for the chiefs and people of Paga, Professor Albert
Luguterah, said when they called on President Akufo-Addo at the Presidency on

Like the fictional
Oliver Twist, they demanded more   developmental projects in Paga which is in the
Kassena Nankana West District, especially the projects that were being pursued
by the late C. K. Tedam before his death.

They appealed for the
conversion of the health centre in Paga into a district hospital to reflect its
status as a district; the conversion of the Paga Senior High School into a
boarding school to help students from the eastern and western areas of the district
to accept placement in the school; and the construction of link roads from the
district centre in Paga to aid access to the eastern and western areas of the district.

On his part,
President Akufo-Addo eulogized the late C. K. Tedam as true son of the Upper
East Region, who had the development of the region at heart.

He, therefore,
assured the Chief of Paga, Pe Charles Awampaga, and his people that all the
projects and concerns they had presented to him would receive his urgent consideration
and attention.

He was equally elated
about the fact that Parliament had passed the Act for the naming of the
Navrongo campus of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after C. K.

Meanwhile, the Paga Traditional Council has allocated 200 acres of land for building some of the new faculties of the university, with an assurance to release more lands when the need arises.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent

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