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10.10.2008 Regional News

Nkwakwa residents accuse assembly of neglect

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Residents of Nkwakwa, in the Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region, have appealed to the government to set up a committee, to investigate the reason behind the delay of the on-going work of the Nkwakwa lorry park.

According to them, the project, which was started some seven (7) years ago, under the Urban Five project, and subsequently funded by the World Bank, at the cost of $600,000, had been abandoned for some years now.

They made the appeal to the government, through the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Kwadwo Affram Aseidu, during a tour of some Municipal and District Assemblies in the region last Tuesday.

The tour formed part of the Minister's monthly routine, to inspect some project sites in the region.

Some of the areas visited include Mpraeso and Abetifi, both in the Kwahu South and East Districts.

Speaking to The Chronicle, the residents blamed the then District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Osafo Gyan, for the neglect of the project, as well as the assembly's inability to release funds to the contractors, who were working on the project.

The project, which when completed, would have 13 sheds and a modern toilet among other facilities, has now been turned into resting place for lunatics and Indian hemp smokers among others.

That notwithstanding, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area, Mr. Emmanuel Boansi Darkwa, denied the allegations by the residents, that the inability of the assembly to release funds meant that the project had been abandoned.

The MCE called on the residents to exercise restraint and remain calm, since the assembly would do everything in its capacity, to complete the project by the end of this month.

On his part, the Regional Minister expressed joy, when the MCE said the project would be completed by the end of this month, but quickly tasked the assembly to complete the project on time, as promised, in order to regain the lost confidence of the residents.

He later inspected the three kilometre Abetifi-Pepease road, which is under construction, and 13.9km Mpraeso road.

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