The poor state of roads in the Wassa East Constituency of the Western Region is a major hindrance to the economic development of the area.
The roads in the farming communities are generally bad and as such business transactions are impeded while farmers are also unable to transport their produce to marketing centres to sell.
Hon Isaac Adjei Mensah, Member of Parliament for the Constituency, raised these concerns in an interview with THE REPUBLIC in parliament on developmental issues in the area after two under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.
“Feeder roads and link roads leading to many of the communities that produce food stuffs are in deplorable state and the people are unable to travel to the district capitals to purchase farm inputs and other requirement during the rainy season.
“There is therefore the need for government to expedite action in the construction of roads to open up the communities so as to boost food production and promote the economic and livelihood fortunes of the people,” the MP lamented.
Mr Adjei Mensah who is a former Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways in the last National Democratic Congress (NDC)administration said, the NDC government commenced works on roads in some of the cocoa farming communities, but the current administration halted them with the claim of conducting forensic audit, hence the bad roads.
He said, Road network is a crucial incontrovertible infrastructure for the socio-economic and agricultural development of a nation, providing unhindered access to places of opportunities and services.
He noted that, being the primary mode of transportation, therefore, ought to be the most important of all public assets and describe the abandoned road projects across the constituency as threat to development.
According to Adjei Mensah, lack of good roads is gradually crippling of socio-commercial activities in the area as farmers required good road network to transport the produce to the city markets for sale, stressing that the constituency is one of the largest producers of cocoa, plantain, cassava, timber and rubbers as well as other perishable vegetable crops.
“Poor condition of the road has led to untold hardship and setbacks because economic activities are no longer thriving and people hardly come from other neighbouring villages or towns to buy farm produce,’’ he said.
Whilst calling on the government to improve the cocoa roads by reshaping and regraveling some to help facilitate the movement of goods and services, the lawmaker also assured the constituents of his zeal to lobby for the needy projects to open up the constituency for development.
The Wassa East Constituency which is also a District is one of the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana and forms part of the 14 MMDAs in the Western Region.
Wassa East (formerly Mpohor Wassa East) District is located at the south-eastern end of the Western Region. The District was carved out from Wassa Fiase Mpohor District in 1988 and occupies an area of 1880 square kilometres (464,553) of which 344 square km 85,000 hectares are used as cultivable land.The District capital is Daboase, which is 6.7 km from the Cape Coast Takoradi main road.
It is bounded on the northeast and southeast by the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira (THLD) District and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipal all in the Central Region. The District is again bounded on the west by the Amenfi West Municipal Assembly and in the south by the Shama District Assembly (SDA). On the east, it shares boundaries with Ahanta West District Assembly (AWDA).
The population of the District according to 2010 population and housing census stands at 81,073 with 40,984 males and 40,089 females.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba