“I am sending you to the president of the republic of Ghana His Excellency John Mahama” was the utterance by the chief of Nkasaim in the Asutifi South District of the Brong Ahafo region, Nana Danso Adjei Ababio to the District Chief Executives of Ahafo Ano South, Hon. Modestus Yao Nuworsu, and Asutifi North, Hon. Eric Addai.
The chiefs of Nkasaim who also doubles as the Board chairman of Community Water and Sanitation Board backed by other chiefs from Asuhyiae, Hwidiem, Mehame issued this statement to the three DCE’s to what they termed as “a total neglection of Ahafo by the ruling NDC government.”
The chiefs lamented on the deplorable state of the Tepa – Goaso highway, Hwidiem – Kenyasi road, Asahyiae – Acherensua road among others.
According to some drivers on the roads who spoke to the Daily Searchlight, due to the un-tarred state of these roads coupled with the rains, the roads have become unmotorable for commuters.
These roads have also become the operational grounds for armed robbers and other unscrupulous persons who take monies and belongings from traders and travelers.
Also, foodstuffs, vegetables and fruits are left to rot at the farms due to the poor nature of Ahafo roads. A chunk of gold, timber, cocoa are produced from Ahafo. The chiefs are appealing to the government to come to their aid and tar their roads especially the Tepa –Goaso highway for them. “The president must not wait till election time before helping us. We are also part of Ghana,” they added.
The Ahafo chiefs issued this message to the president through the three DCE’s at a congratulatory and thanksgiving service of Nana Adjei Ababio, the chief of Ahafo Nkasaim who has been elevated to the status of “oberempon”, on the 19th June, 2014 at the Manyia palace by His Royal Majesty Otumfour Osei Tutu –Asantehene.
Meanwhile, the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu used the occasion to admonish the elevated chiefs and chiefs in general to humble themselves, be respectful, hardworking and above all, be law abiding.
The three DCEs accepted the plea from the chiefs and promised to forward it to the Brong Ahafo Regional minster, Hon. Eric Opoku.