Chiefs of the Ahafo Region have bemoaned the termination of roads under the Cocoa Roads Programme by the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, calling on their subjects to vote for opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) so that they can come back to power in 2021 to continue with what they started.
The chiefs made the appeal to their subjects as part of interactions with the NDC flagbearer of the NDC who is on a SpeakOut tour of the region.
They told him that they will vote for him “so that you can come and complete the roads and other projects in our area”.
“We were only told the project has been stopped because they are investigating the contract. It has been 3 years, and the road works, which started and brought joy to Nkrankrom, remains abandoned”, the linguist of Nkrankrom in the Asutifi South Constituency stated at a meeting with former President John Dramani Mahama at Wromso.
President John Dramani Mahama in his response thanked the communities for their support, endorsement and acknowledgement of the NDC’s developmental projects. He also assured the chiefs and people of the immediate resumption of all abandoned roads and projects.
He also promised cocoa farmers that he will resume the supply of free fertilizers, distribute new cocoa seedlings and pay improved cocoa producer price including bonuses to farmers. He described the decision to sell fertilizer to cocoa farmers as insensitive and affecting overall production.
President Mahama also challenged the media to visit the cocoa growing areas and cross-check the complaints of the farmers and chiefs about policy decisions that are affecting Ghana’s cocoa production, and also the abandoning of cocoa roads.
Accompanied by the NDC National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, regional and constituency executives, members of parliament and parliamentary candidates, President Mahama visited Ntotronso, Obengkrom, Goaso, Wromso, Nkrankrom and Sienchem on day one of his tour.