The Regional Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Bono East Region, Mr Suleman Mohammed-Mustapha has chastised the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia led NPP government for what it describes as deceiving the good people of the Bono East region on its road projects.
Mr Suleman Mohammed-Mustapha made this assertion during his media encounter dubbed ''Moment of Truth'' with the media at the Party's Regional Headquarters in Techiman.
According to the NDC Bono East Regional Communication Officer, major road projects that were awarded on contract and being worked on have been abandoned after the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government took over from NDC in 2017.
At the media encounter, Mr Suleman Mohammed-Mustapha cited several road projects that were being worked on but have been abandoned since 2017.
''Fellow comrades, ladies and gentlemen gathered here, let me take you to the north-eastern part of Bono East region, that's Kintampo North and South. Without any fear of any contradiction I can state that, Kintampo town roads are the worse in the region and probably the whole country. Since NPP took over power, Kintampo has not benefited a single kilometer of road. Even reshaping which during JMs time was done frequently, has eluded the good people of Kintampo Township,'' he stated.
The Bono East Regional Communication Officer indicated that there was no opportune time than now to point out the failures of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia led NPP government.
Kindly read the full statement below;
BONO EAST REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BUREAU - RCB
MOMENT OF TRUTH SERIES
PRESS STATEMENT BY BONO EAST REGION NDC COMMUNICATION BUREAU ON THE DEPLORABLE STATE OF THE REGION UNDER THE WATCH OF NANA ADDO / ALHAJI BAWUMIA.
I wish to on behalf of the Regional Functional Executive Committee (RFEC) under the auspices of the Communication Bureau welcome you all to this very important media encounter. Indeed, in light of the current turbulent and bizarre economic situation being faced by Ghanaians and of course the people of Bono East region, we view the responsibility of contributing to holding this government to task not only a social responsibility but a duty imposed on us by Ghanaians by virtue of the fact that, the NDC has become their only source of hope.
Also, in view of the fact that the NPP recently held their presidential primaries which they elected Alhaji Mahamud Bawumia as their flag bearer and as a result had the opportunity to tour the country including Bono East region, there is no opportune time to point to them their abysmal performance than now. I have personally spotted Alhaji Bawumia's convoy toured the region to canvas for vote and same can be said about Kennedy Agyapong.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, Fellow RFEC Members, Communicators and Party faithfuls gathered here, let me not waste time but zoom straight into the reasons that necessitated this meeting. For purposes of clarity and for easy verification, we have grouped the issues in sectorial basis.
STATE OF ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
Before His Excellency John Dramami Mahama and NDC left power in 2017, all key roads linking towns and villages in the region saw a facelift. Key roads like Jema Nkwanta to Nkoranza, Kintampo Magazine to Krabonso, Asekyere to Basua in the Nkoranza North District, Tuobodom to Ofuman and others were either completed or over 90% complete. Other roads such as Kintampo to Apesika to Prang road, Atebubu to Kwame Danso, Amoma Nkwanta to Amoma road, Kintampo to New Longoro road ....... were awarded on contracts and at various levels of completion.
It is sad to note however that, with the exception of Kintampo to Apesika to Prang road which we have noted the return of contractors to site few months ago, the rest of the roads, I can report have been left the way they were in 2017.
That notwithstanding, several other important roads some of which are town roads, feeder roads as well as trunk roads have all become immotarable and needs urgent attention notably:
NKORANZA NORTH DISTRICT
Busunya town roads, Tanko - Fiama road, Kranka - Yefri road, Buabeng - Busunya road all in Nkoranza North District.
PRU EAST DISTRICT
Again in Yeji, the Nana Addo/Bawumia government cut sod in 2018 for the construction of 8km Yeji Town Roads. Unfortunately, they went away after the sod cutting and never returned. Other roads in the District which need urgent attention include, Chalewote Lane Road, Konkomba Road as well Prison Camp Road. Let me add also that, the Yeji - Atebubu road be it important as it is, is fast becoming a death trap and need quick fix.
PRU WEST DISTRICT
Pru West District is another hard hit area when it comes to deplorable road network. Just like those mentioned supra, virtually all the roads except the one that comes through Prang from Atebubu area, the rest of the roads in the District are nothing to ride home about.
SENE WEST DISTRICT
Friends from the media, ladies and Gentlemen, let us do a quick check from Sene West, I mean Kwame Danso and its environs. Since NPP took over in 2017 after luring Ghanaians into voting for them, that stretch of the region from Atebubu through Kwame Danso, Basa to Kajeji had only one thing that they consistently prayed for and that is the road. Indeed as I stated earlier the road was awarded on contract and work had commenced significantly from the post Kwame Danso stretch towards Kajeji. Sadly and disappointedly, work on the road has stalled since NPP took over power. In same vain, the inner roads within Kwame Danso is also in a terrible state. Imagine JM were still in power! That road would have been a first class road as was envisaged.
ATEBUBU - AMANTEN DISTRICT
Still on road network, Atebubu - Amanten Town Roads has no better story than those enumerated above. Mention any key road in the District and the story is same. From the town roads, Atebubu - Kunfia Road, Atebubu - Watro Road etc are all virtually immotarable.
KINTAMPO NORTH MUNICIPAL
Fellow comrades ladies and gentlemen gathered here, let me take you to the north-eastern part of Bono East region, that's Kintampo North and South. Without any fear of any contradiction I can state that, Kintampo town roads are the worse in the region and probably the whole country. Since NPP took over power, Kintampo has not benefited a single kilometer of road. Even reshaping which during JMs time was done frequently, has eluded the good people of Kintampo Township.
Again, the road from Ntankoro to Kunsu is in a sorrowful state. People in that area regularly organizes communal labour to work on road before they can transport their farm produce to the Kintampo market and beyond.
KINTAMPO SOUTH DISTRICT
The story in Kintampo South is not different from Kintampo North. The road between Kintampo Magazine and Krabonso had been worked on and the first coat of bitumen applied. It was expected that a second coat of bitumen would be applied to complete the road however, when JM left office, the road was abandoned. As we speak now, the potholes on the road can cause a pregnant woman to forcefully deliver prematurely. And of course the popular Amoma Nkwanta to Amoma road, you recalled that, the women in Amoma in somewhere 2020, lamented how they were not getting husband's to marry because of their terrible road. This story was carried by notable TV stations such as UTV and Adom TV. I'm sad to report that, the story of the Amoma road hasn't changed the slightest, infact it is worse now. Other roads in the District such as MO area roads, Jema Town Roads, Jema to Cherihin Road and many others falls within same trajectory.