The opposition National Democratic Congress’ Brong Ahafo Regional Organiser, Efo Worlanyo Tsekpo has pounced on President Akufo-Addo for not doing much to improve the fortunes of the people of the region.
In his assessment of the situation during the tenure of Akufo-Addo, the region “is either not part of the thinking of the President or his appointees in the Region are the enemies of the Region.”
Efo Worlanyo Tsekpo says the President in his State of the Nation Address failed to reassure the people of the Region of his willingness to improve their living standards as he failed to mention even a single project being undertaken there.
In a release issued on Friday, the Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition NDC lashed out at the President for failing the region.
The release divided into 5 parts sought to focus attention on several aspects of the country including agriculture, road infrastructure, health, economy and corruption.
The claim that the region lacks several social amenities and basic infrastructure despite contributing significantly to the nation’s development.
Find below the full details of the press release issued by the Brong Ahafo Youth Wing of the
THE TRUE STATE OF BRONG AHAFO REGION THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO MENTION IN HIS ADDRESS
The Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Wing hereby bring to the People of Brong Ahafo Region and Ghana at large the true state of the Brong Ahafo Region under the Leadership of the President and the New Patriotic Party.
This has become necessary due to the state of the nation address by H.E the President of the Republic of Ghana.
It is clear from the last but one state of the nation’s address delivered today by the President that Brong Ahafo is either not part of the thinking of the President or his appointees in the Region are the enemies of the Region.
We hereby bring to you the true state of Brong Ahafo Address.
The Economy of Brong Ahafo Region has become one of the worse in the country under this ineffective government. Businesses have come to a stand still due to the financial meltdown in the region which the President promised to pay in full DKM customers when he was in opposition. Three years down the lane not even a pessewa has been paid to any of the customers of the financial institutions affected with the meltdown.
The worse to happen to the customers is our President’s announcement backed by the finance minister that his government has paid 90%of the customers of the Financial institutions that were affected by the meltdown which has led to pressure being mounted on them by their bankers which led to a suicide by three of these customers last year in Brong Ahafo.
The President’s Promise of 1D1F and the one million per constituency has not seen the light of the Region. District Chief Executives and Members of Parliament are accusing each other in the Region for misappropriating the One million per constituency funds claimed to be disbursed by the President.
Petty traders are now folding up in business because they can’t pay the high taxes from central government while government has refused to address issues concerning their locked up cash with the affected financial institutions.
We were surprised the President mentioned that the Planting for food and jobs gave a boost to plantain plantation while plantain isn’t part of the crops for the paralyzed Planting for foods and Jobs program.
The people of Brong Ahafo have over the years being the largest producers of plantain in Ghana.
It is therefore clear that those who briefed the President on this particular subject are liars. Lairs because plantain plantation per our check from the Brong Ahafo Regional branch of Ministry of Agricultural in Sunyani showed that Plantain is not part of the crops earmarked for the planting for food and jobs. One of the staff made it clear to us that they only worked on cereal and vegetable and even with that they couldn’t see any results since the project started in the Region. These are technocrats with Ministry of Agric giving testimony about the said glorified project by our confused President.
Cocoa Farmers in the Region are very sad because the supply of fertilizer and the cocoa spraying exercise has stopped which is giving lots of headache to our hardworking farmers. Cocoa Prices has also remain unchanged for three years since the takeover of the administration by this government.
Cashew farmers in Brong Ahafo have also had their bitter part if this government with Cashew prices dropped from 920Ghana cedis under John Mahama to 420 under Nana Addo who promised to get the price increased in his government.
It’s very pathetic to know that no single hospital infrastructure has been added to the already existing ones by this government in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Most Pregnant women lose their babies because of lack of incubators in our hospitals. Berekum Holy family Hospital is one of the hospitals that has only one incubator and receives over 20 births a day while our Member of Parliament is medical doctor and even the Chairman of the Health committee in parliament.
Uncompleted health facilities under NDC government have being left to rot under this insensitive government while our mothers sleep on the floor to deliver their babies.
Health Insurance has stopped working in almost all health facilities Brong Ahafo Region upon the return of cash and carry due to unpaid claims by government as being trumpeted by the health institutions.
Per the analogy of the Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic party Abronye, NPP governance in Brong Ahafo Region is the most corrupt in the History of the Region.
He specifically mentioned names including the current Lands and Resources Minister Hon. Asomah Cheremeh which led to his Promotion to his current position.
This same Minister Hon. Asomah Cheremeh after being appointed a minister have built two hotels in a pace of three years and procured the magnificent DKM building in Sunyani.
The sad aspect is that the accuser Abronye of these fraudulent and corrupt people was also accused by the ministers special aid of the minister to Maxwell Mahama of Abronye being the most corrupt party member who has built three houses at Berlin top in Sunyani and has defrauded a fetish priest in Wenchi.
There is a bad blood between DCEs and Members of Parliament in the Region over corruption where each party points fingers at each other.
5. ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
Brong Ahafo today has the worse road infrastructure in Ghana. Though the general road projects in the country is at a stand still, Brong Ahafo’s own is worse than worse and nothing is being done about it since this government came to power. The principal road to new Dormaa in the capital city is still as it is since Npp took over not to talk of the Sampa road, Atebubu and Sene roads and that the roads in our various district. We can confidently say in the 29 constituencies we have none of the roads have been touched.
This is Part One of the true State of Brong Ahafo Region that the President deliberately refused to mention in His Address.
Efo Worlanyo TSEKPO
BRONG AHAFO REGIONAL YOUTH ORGANIZER, NDC.
By: Jonah Eledi/awakenewsonline.com