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26.07.2005 Regional News

MP Bemoans Poor Infrastructure In WR

MP Bemoans Poor Infrastructure In WR

THE Member of Parliament for Amenfi Central, has called on the government to be proactive towards the development of infrastructure in the the Western Region.

He said in spite of the fact that the bulk of cocoa, which is the backbone of the country's economy, is produced from the region, most infrastructure in the region had been left to deteriorate over the years.

Mr Arthur told the Graphic in an interview that companies such as the Bonsa Tyre, Aboso Glass Manufacturing, African Timber and Plywood Company, among others, which provided employment for the people in the region were no more functioning.

He stated that a number of schools in the region do not have good buildings and furniture to enhance teaching and learning, while most roads in the various districts were unmotorable.

Mr Arthur said although the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government made a lot of promises during the 2000 and 2004 electioneering campaigns to entice people in the region to vote for it, it had not been able to fulfil the promises.

He added that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government did a lot in terms of development during its tenure of office in the Western Region and mentioned Awaso-Sefwi Bekwai, Sefwi Bekwai-Sefwi Wiawso, Ayamfori-Tarkwa, Agona Nkwanta-Elubo and Bordie-Manso Amenfi roads among others which were rehabilitated by the NDC government.

Mr Arthur said the Western Region deserved a better deal and therefore asked the government to ensure that roads in the cocoa growing areas are rehabilitated to facilitate the evacuation of cocoa to marketing centres.

He said the people in the region would not forgive the NPP government if by the end of its second term it failed to provide the required social amenities to improve their living conditions.