Persistence refusal of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa East Constituency in the Central Region, Mr Kojo Asumanyi to impress upon the government through the Gomoa East District Assembly to fix the deplorable nature of the roads within the Gomoa Limousine and Buduburam has landed the legislator in a big trouble.
A cross-section of residents in the Gomoa Limousine and Buduburam led by their chief, Nana Edward Kweku Essandoh I have threatened not to vote for the MP or vote again in the December 7, 2020 general elections if their deplorable road network is not fixed.
The chief indicated that he and his elders including the youths in the area have been appealing to successive governments through their MP and the Gomoa East District Assembly to rehabilitate their deplorable road network for them but these appeals have not yielded any positive results.
The road network starts from Gomoa Limousine-Buduburam to Kasoa were manholes which were affecting travelling situation in the area
The area also serves as a food basket for Gomoa East District District which boast of cash crops such as coconut, rubber plantation as well as cassava, yam, maize, sugarcane and vegetables.
Addressing a press conference at Gomoa Buduburam recently, Nana Essandoh l said, before their forefathers settled there, they only used the poor road to access health facilities, market centers and others.
But the chief established that, it took the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and successive governments
to fix their deplorable vehicular road.
Currently, the chief lamented that the road has deteriorated and they are appealing to government to come to their aid.
Nana Essandoh l, however registered his disappointment at the Member of Parliament who accused for allegedly not showing any serious interest in the development of Gomoa Limousine area.
Nana Essandoh I stated that even though he and his elders have made several attempts to get the MP champion the development of the area, he allegedly failed to deliver his campaign promises to lobby for the development of the area.
He noted that the entire town has decided to vote their MP out, come December 7 due to his bad attitude towards development of the area , adding that they will vote skirt and blouse by retaining Nana Akufo-Addo and sacking Hon. Asumanyi.
He has therefore called on the government and Roads Ministry in particular to come to their aid by constructing their roads to connect them to business and market centres and to open up and develop the fast growing town in the Central Region.
Speaking to some traders whose cars had broken down in the middle of the road over the weekend, where our reporter joined some journalists to access the nature of the road, they expressed their disappointment over how politicians had failed to rehabilitate their road network for them.
Two women who registered their displeasure over the situation emphasized that as for this year they would not vote for any political party.
“We will not vote this year. Look at this road, we will not vote for any political party,” they stressed.
These traders had their car spoiled when returning from the area after trading.
“We have been on this road for good five days because our car has spoiled and we are hungry”, they lamented.
They said it seems they were not part of Ghana because their road network is in deplorable state.
“It seems we are not part of Ghana. If they do our road, we will vote but if they don’t do it, we will not vote”
“We struggle before sending our food items to market, we are suffering here and NDC are NPP have failed us. They think we are not human beings,” they gruntled.
One woman, who blamed the NDC and NPP for taking them for granted, quizzed why she should vote again while her road network was in bad state?
“I don’t have a road so why should go and vote, I will not vote, I will not vote for NDC and NPP and I will not vote for anybody.”
She continued, “Look at this road, I should go and go vote then it means I am mad, never I am saying that I don’t have road. What is the essence of me to vote while I don’t have a good road?”
“If they don’t fix our road, we will never use our fingertips to vote this time around,” she pledged.
As to whether they will cast their ballot when government is able to put the road in good shape, the woman replied in the affirmative adding that “we will vote for any government which will fix our roads.
She ended, “We have been here since Monday and today is Saturday and still we here because our car has spoiled due to the bad road.”
On the issue of lack of youth unemployment in the area, Nana Essandoh l stressed the need for the government to create jobs for their teaming youth who are unemployed by siting one district one factory facility in their area Gomoa East also.
This, he noted would lessen criminal activities in the area since it is the devil that finds work for an idle hand.
Concerning the health of his people, he noted that he has apportion land for the establishment of a clinic which is about to be completed soon.
Touching on the herculean issue of land guards, the chief noted that, some land guards, from Accra, and other parts of the country storm the area to disturb their peace, stressing that he does not want land guards in his town.
He noted that what is so painful about land guards is that whenever they are invited soon they are released making it difficult to deal with the matter.
Nana Essando I said land buyers who buy land and leave them idle for a long time without developing them risk losing the lands as the chiefs cannot get time to serve as watchmen over the lands.
The chief said from now onward anyone who leaves their land undeveloped would be seized by the palace.
He noted that another social amenity that they need urgently is a police station to handle criminals from all over ECOWAS countries who operate at the area.
The Secretary of Gomoa Limosine Stool, Mr. Evans Dadzie, noted that it is under the one million Dollar per Constituency Project and Special Development Initiative for poverty Eradication Program that the government is building the clinic for them , for which they are very grateful.
The Chief Linguist Okyeame Kwame Adjei , noted land they have vast lands available for the Police Station Project and that any time the government is ready they would provide the land.
He averred that it is very sad that when a government initiatives a project and could not complete before exiting their predecessors fail to continue, stressing that that backward attitude should change.