THE Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, has debunked reports in a section of the media that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government was not doing anything to improve roads in the cocoa growing communities in the country, especially in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said contractors who were awarded the roads in cocoa producing areas in the region were working but had to stop as a result of the torrential rains that hit the cocoa growing areas in the region recently, and that now that the rains had subsided, work had begun earnestly on the roads to make the evacuation of cocoa from the area easy.
Mr Opoku said this at separate durbars held at Anwiam and Norbekaw, both cocoa growing areas in the Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo Region, to cut the sod for the commencement of the tarring of two kilometres of the Anwiam and Norbekaw town roads to give the two towns a facelift.
In addition, drains would also be constructed along the roads to check flooding.
The two road projects are being funded by the Government of Ghana (GOG) at a cost of GH¢560,000 (¢5.6billion) each.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister also inaugurated a GH¢149,000 six-unit classroom block for the Methodist Primary School at Sankore which was funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) as part of the government’s efforts to eradicate schools under trees in the region.
Mr Opoku in his address gave the assurance that the NDC government would ensure that every community in the country would have its share of development projects.
He said it was during the NDC government under former President Rawlings that the Brong Ahafo Region witnessed massive infrastructure development in terms of roads and the extension of electricity which opened up the region to the rest of the country.
Mr Opoku, therefore, said President Mills’ administration which was committed to the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda would ensure that every nook and cranny of the country was made better for its inhabitants.
He, therefore, gave the assurance that the government would continue to improve the road network in the region, provide potable water and extend electricity to communities which do not have them.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister also called on the people in the region to rally behind the government to enable it to achieve the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda.
Touching on education, Mr Opoku said in line with the government’s policy of investing in the people, interventions and programmes had been rolled out which include the construction of about 70 classroom blocks to phase out schools under trees in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said the government had also allocated 880 scholarships under the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship scheme to the region, adding that each of the 22 Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) in the region would receive 40 each to be given to brilliant, needy students at the senior high school and the tertiary levels studying mathematics and science subjects.
Mr Opoku said the government had also supplied the region with over 44,000 school uniforms and 717,864 free exercise books under its free school uniform and exercise books policy for distribution to basic school children which were on-going, adding that all these were geared towards the realisation of true universal access to basic education in the country.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, therefore, urged parents to take advantage of the various interventions by the government in the educational sector and enrol their children in schools.
Mr Danso, the Asunafo South District Chief Executive (DCE), for his part, said the assembly would continue with the extension of electricity, provision of potable water and school infrastructure to all communities in the district.
He announced that the assembly had acquired a grader which would be used to reshape all roads leading to food and cash crop production areas in the district to enable farmers cart their produce to the marketing centres with ease.
Mr Danso said the government had also increased the number of beneficiary schools under the school feeding programme for the district to enable many more schools to benefit.
Mr Emmanuel Papa Pireku, the Brong Ahafo Regional Director of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), in his brief remarks commended the Deputy Minister who lobbied for the two road projects for the district and called on the people in the beneficiary communities to co-operate with the contractor to ensure that the projects were completed on schedule.