Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akatsi South in the Volta Region, Hon. Bernard Ahiafor, is asking the Nana Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to urgently speed up work on uncompleted development projects to improve living condition of people in the area.
According to the MP, the completion of some health and education facilities and the upgrade of roads to bituminous standard remained vital and a major catalyst to employment creation which government has since promised the electorate.
These projects, he said, were commenced by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government but have since been left uncompleted and therefore lamented tardy progress on the projects by negligence of the government.
Speaking to The Republic exclusively in parliament last Friday, Mr. Ahiafor expressed optimism that once the roads are upgraded, agriculture productivity, access to health post and market centres would be eased in terms of movements and also the general activation of the local economy would be improved.
The constituency, which is also a district per its statistics, has 29 health facilities and, out of this number 25 belong to the government, whiles the remaining four are privately owned.
Among the 25 public facilities, there are four Health Centres, one District Hospital and 20 CHPS zones, but some commenced by the previous government, including nurses’ quarters and bungalows remained uncompleted at Have and Hortor communities.
The constituency also has two main trunk roads, namely Akatsi-Ho and Accra-Aflao trunk roads, but are also connected with highways, such as Akatsi-Wute-Ziope, as well as Abor-Avenorpeme, Akatsi-Tuime, Kpodzivi-Adzikame, Akatsi-Dagbamatey-Avenorpeme feeder roads.
In addition, some feeder roads which the MP said served as important economic roads to the residents is a 28km road from Akatsi-Tuime, which goes through Agornu, Adzikme, Kpodzivi, Avevie and Adeidekpa communities which had also received some upgrading, culvert, surface grading and waiting bituminous.
Other farming communities where a 10.9 km roads links to their farms are Akatsi-Agbagblakpe, Dagbamale, Avekpome and Avenor community Day Senior High School is under construction as culverts and latrines works have been done, while about 11.6 km road from Mutorme to Akatsi police station, Tortorme, Anti-Estae,Agbedevor, Afafagleve, Hunti, Xarvi,Suipe, Agbavie, Ahator, that links Akatsi to Keta District also need upgrading.
Beside all these roads which the MP said needed urgent improvement by the government, the Akatsi township roads to Adrakpo irrigation dam road which is about 7km are in similar distressful needs and government again must not fail in resurfacing and tarring them.
He stated that, “the upgrade of roads to bituminous standard in the constituency is vital and a major catalyst to development and economic growth, and jobs creation which government has been since promised the electorate.”
On education, Mr. Ahiafor said a lot has been done with his MPs common fund, since he entered parliament in 2013 after Edward Doe Adjaho resigned to become Speaker of Parliament and vowed to do more.
He revealed that, several communities, including Gbedemeh, Batorlome, Avetie, Zuita-Akatsi, Ahartkuvie, Harti, Suipe, Divoe Adanu, Have, Livekorpe and Atiklope, have all benefited between 3-unit and 6-unit classrooms blocks through his MPs common fund and with support from a non-gGovernmental organisation (NGO ) known as Pencil of Promise (PoP).
The MP said an administrative block of the Akatsi Senior High School, a boys’ dormitory and a 12-unit classroom block are also far in advance and needed completion in time to improve teaching and learning.
Security and power supply in the constituency, he noted, remained paramount and that he had worked hard over the years and had most of the communities hooked onto the national grid, while effort was being made to ensure that other communities to also benefit the through the Rural Electrification Project.
He said some of the areas are being wired, poles erected and others have poles and wiree connected but waiting for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to complete its necessary work and press of power button.
The MP mentioned some of the communities currently benefiting from the power supply as Ahiahavi, Ahaikpe, Nugbelbli, Korvenu, Dzave, Kpotavi, Kporwuvi, Kpevie and Lawikpota, as most of the communities where either have poles, poles with wires connected or pass through, while others also have poles dumped waiting for further material supply to commence.
All these, he said, is to hook the communities into life-time economic and business boom, while improving education as school children could have opportunities to learn at both day and night.
To ensure adequate security for residents, Mr. Ahiafor said he assisted the District Assembly with over 40 new street lights to be erected at vantage points and also repair old ones to provide lights and to serve as security to reduce crime rate in the area.
Sounding very passionate about the development needs of the predominately agriculture constituents, the MP said effort was being made to improve irrigation farming and reduce poverty among the people.
He said, a feasibility study he undertook identified four dam zones at Ayitikorpe, Tarvie, Have-Suipe and Hutorklokpe where the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting to build the Tarvie dam.
These dams, the Akatsi South laemaker said, when completed would hook the farmers into full time fleck rice, maize and vegetable farming to improve their living condition and yield more revenue to the District Assembly and the government.
In addition to that, he said effort was being made to improve access to drinking water as most of the communities have from benefited boreholes, including mechanized ones.
Touching on youth employment and development, the MP said through his personal effort many of the youth have gained employment in the various security services, organised zonal football gala which later culminated into a Second Division team, known as ‘Akatsi All Stars’ in the region.
He explained that the gala which witnessed over 50 teams participating was provided with jerseys and footballs each and were also supported with other logistics and food for their training and feeding during the gala.
Mr. Ahiafor further told the paper that the youth remained the future leaders and investing in them is an investment to the future development of Akatsi South and promised to do more when there are the means.
He disclosed that several school children, especially brilliant but needy students, have also benefited from some form of scholarship and paid over GHc500,000 for needy students SHS, universities, nursing and teacher education colleges in the constituency, adding that the future of Akatsi South lies in the hands of the youth.
According him, as a legislator and development agent, he could not do it alone so far as the needs of the constituents and asked that the constituents rally behind him, while he intensifies lobbying with the government of the day to complete most of the ongoing government-initiated projects, as well as those of his own initiative as MP.
He summed it up that, as part of his ambition as a development agent he would continue to prioritize roads, health, agriculture, water and education to open up the constituency for development as one of the biggest constituencies having about 28 electoral areas in the region.
Mr. Ahiafor also expressed sincere gratitude to the chiefs and people of Akatsi South for the support over the years as their MP, but called for more support as he lobbies the government for rapid response to their plight.
He added that he is aware that the people of Akatsi South want an improvement in their quality of life and the grand completion of most of the developmental projects but urged that they remained in peace and unity and rally behind him.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engalige Nyaaba