The Ejura-Sekyeredumasi constituency chapter of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) in the Ashanti Region has exposed President Akufo Addo, to be serious in governance and stop his habitual political rhetoric on policies and project delivery in the country.
According to the NDC, for the President to drive all the way from Accra to Ejura to commission a Warehouse is not only a misplaced priority but also a mediocre.
President Nana Akufo Addo is expected to commission a Warehouse at Ejura, on Thursday October 10, 2019.
But the Ejura Chapter of NDC berated the President for always taken credit for projects his predecessor, John Mahama initiated under the previous NDC administration.
In a statement jointly signed by Communication Team of the Constituency, the NDC condemned the President for what they deemed a shambolic style of governance and urged that he be serious.
The party enumerated a lot of projects and programs initiated by the previous NDC administration under John Mahama leadership.
Those projects, the NDC said benefitted the people of Ejuraman and called on the President to be serious in governance and acknowledged where it due.
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PRESIDENT COMMISSIONING A WAREHOUSE IN EJURA IS A MISPLACED PRIORITY- NDC EJURA-SEKYEDUMASE
Ladies and gentlemen of the media fraternity and the general public, we are aware of the impending visit of HE Nana Addo to our Municipality slated to take place on the 10th of October, 2019 to commission a warehouse.
As citizens and not spectators within the Municipality we take the opportunity to welcome the President to the food basket of the Ashanti region which is blessed with one of the largest markets in Ghana.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the president to drive all the way from Accra to Ejura just to commission a warehouse is a complete waste of time, state funds and a misplaced priority. But before then, our President is noted for taking credits of developmental Projects initiated and completed by his Predecessor -HE John Dramani Mahama without due acknowledgement for any single effort into the implementation of such projects; it’s on this background that Ejura-Sekyedumase NDC wish to take the opportunity to inform and to educate the President and his entourage, as well as the general public of some of the major infrastructural achievements of HE John Dramani Mahama which helped changed the face of our Municipality. Notably, among them are:-
• 8km Ejura town roads
• 6km Seko-Anyinasu road
• The almighty Brigade bridge
• 54 communities in the Municipality connected onto the national grid
• Modern street lights making Ejura the Dubai along the Kumasi-Yeji highway
• 3 CHPS compounds built at Kyenkyenkura, Hiawoanwu, and Bemi
•Collaborating with the Ejura traditional council to initiate the ongoing establishment and construction of Ejura Nursing Training College
• Numerous basic schools under trees were provided with modern facilities
• 33 Primary schools added onto the School Feeding Programme
• Ongoing 2 no. 6 unit storey building classroom blocks and 3 dormitories for Ejuraman Anglican SHS.
Mr President, it might interest you to know that, All these numerous developmental projects which helped change the status and face of the Municipality, was carried out during the tenure of the then MCE ALHAJI MUHAMMAD BAWA BRAIMAH, THE CURRENT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
Mr President, as you set foot to Ejura-Sekyedumase to commission a warehouse, it’s equally important that, we draw your attention to a major landmark achievement of HE John Dramani Mahama within the Municipality in the agriculture sector, through the creativity and novelty of the former MCE Alhaji Bawa in the area of Maize/ cereals measurements/standardization.
During the tenure of former Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Ejura-Sekyedukase Municipality, our Assembly and other sister Districts such as Attebubu-Amantin, Techiman and Nkronza collaborated and introduced fertilizer size 4 sucks/or the cocoa sucks as a standard measurement for All cereals especially Maize within these catchment areas. In effects, All maize/cereal bought and sold within these areas per the Assemblies resolution resorted to the use of size four fertilizer sucks instead of the Markola size 5 bags which was a major killer to smallholder farmers.
Mr President, prior to the introduction of the fertilizer size four (4)/the cocoa suck, as standardised measurement/scale of purchasing maize/cereals in these catch areas; middlemen and the market women from Accra, Kumasi and etc exploited the farmers beyond rational thinking. The sad ordeal is that farmers needed three bags of maize/cereals in cocoa suck/fertilizer size four(4) to FILL/or to be equivalent to JUST ONE bag of the Markola the size 5.
Mr President, it would interest you to NOTE that a smallholder farmer who cultivated an acre of land and with a maximum production of 12 bags of maize/cereals in cocoa sucks /fertilizer size 4 sucks ONLY GOT four (4) bags of such produces when the markola size five Bags/sucks was used by the middlemen in measuring the produce. This unbearable pain of farmers was captured in several studies of WFP-P4P which resulted in advocacy programs and the introduction of the 100/50kg bags of fertilizer bags to purchase produces from their treatment group, as a way of influencing the market.
It is on the basis of this persistent robbery by the middlemen, that four of HE John Dramani Mahama’s four Municipal and District Chief Executive Officers under the innovation of Alhaji Bawa passed a resolution in their respective Assemblies to abolished the use Markola Size five (5) and adopted cocoa suck/fertilizer size four (4) as the standardized measurements of cereal. This resulted in Ejura-Sekyedumase Assembly under the leadership of Hon Alhaji Bawa to receive congratulations from WFP-P4P for such a giant effort and a Warehouse was built by WFP-P4P as their appreciation.
This brought to an end the impoverishment of smallholder farmers for ages used under the hands of these exploiters.
Mr President, it is strange that since the inception of your government, this laudable initiative which brought pride to farmers and their families have unfortunately been abandoned by your government and your current MCEs in this Municipality due to the interest of few middlemen in your party who are into this business. This has returned the untold hardships to Smallholder farmers.
Mr President, we wish to reiterate to you that, providing a WAREHOUSE to farmers without addressing their major challenges affecting production is a misplaced priority. The priorities of an ordinary farmer in the municipality are:
1.Standardisation of maize bag.
2.Reductions in agricultural chemicals.
3.Reduction in fuel prices which is affecting ploughing of their farms.
4. Accessible roads to convey their farm produce to the market.etc.
Mr President, the table below also shows prices of some pesticides, weedicide and fertilizers under your administration and your predecessor:
NAME. NDC. NPP
Sunphosate 10.00. 14.00
Adwumawura 9.00. 14.00
Kingkong. 10.00. 15.00
Sunpyrifos. 15.00. 33.00
Lambda. 15.00. 21.00
Vezir. 20.00. 40.00
Kaliherb. 15.00. 20.00
Plant master. 18.00. 30.00
Supremo. 20.00. 30.00
UREA. 90.00. 120.00
AMMONIA. 80.00. 110.00
23:10. 80.00. 110.00
15:15. 80.00. 110.00
Mr President, aside from the aforementioned challenges of a farmer, it might interest you again to know that, a bag of maize is currently sold at Gh¢90 under your watch.
So if a farmer is burdened with these astronomical increments which are affecting their production, what will be the use of a Warehouse to such a farmer??
Mr President, Ejura/Sekyeredumase is blessed with numerous warehouses which have low patronage or utilization due to production challenges.
Mr President, if proper consultations were made, monies spent on this misplaced priority called Warehouse could have been used to revive the defunct EJURA FARMS which is one of the largest companies in maize production in Ghana. And as a result of that, the unemployment rate in the municipality would have reduced drastically.
As citizens, Ejura-Sekyedumase NDC demand answers to the following nagging questions from the President.
1.Of whose interest was the reintroduction of Markola size five(5) measuring maize/cereals, smallholder farmers or the middlemen??
2. What policies have the government put in place to reduce fuel prices so that the cost of ploughing and tractor charges on-farm/land preparation and transportation to farms will be reduced instead of the skyrocketing nature due to astronomical increments in fuel prices???
3.What pragmatic measures have the NPP government put in place to end the armyworms which have reduced the yields in maize production in the municipality drastically since the inception of these armyworms??
EJURA-SEKYEDUMASE NDC would like to join All well-meaning Ghanaians to SAY AYEKOO!!!! to All farmers, especially the smallholder farmers who put food on our dining tables every day, at very unbearable circumstances.
Long live EJURAMAN
Long live NDC
EJURA SEKYEREDUMASE NDC COMMUNICATION TEAM
All media houses!
Source: the republicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba