Scores of youth in New Abirem in the Birim North District of the Eastern region are seething with anger over what they have described as “failed and empty promises” made by the member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Hon. Mrs. Esther Obeng-Daapah.
According to the angry youth, Mrs. Obeng-Daapah since 2004 promised the constituents that her outfit would ensure that the New Abirem-Kede, New Abirem-Akyem Oda and New Abirem-Nkwakaw roads would be constructed.
They recounted that the New Abirem legislator also promised to build Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) centres at New Abirem and its adjoining towns and work hard to enhance economic activities in the constituency.
The poor road networks, lack of ICT centres, extreme poverty, the youth lamented, have been some of the major problems facing communities in New Abirem which Mrs. Obeng-Daapah on several campaign platforms had promised to address but still to no avail after twelve years of being in Parliament.
The angry youth of Noryem, Adausena, Hweakwae, Afosu, Akoasi, Adom Nkwanta, New Abirem, Mamanso and Ntronang all within the Birim North District wondered why Mrs. Obeng-Daapah has failed to construct the three major roads and also improve the lot of the constituents by representing them well in Parliament.
They accused the MP of doing little to improve the social and infrastructural development of the area, challenging her to show one social intervention programme she had done in the area since becoming their MP.
“We thought that Mrs. Obeng-Daapah is coming to relieve us of our burdens but twelve (12) years down the lane, our assessments and evaluations of her performance show clearly that she is not cut for the job.
“…we need to change her in 2016 because maintaining her would be disastrous for the area. And because she does not hail directly from New Abirem she does not care one bit about our terrible and deplorable roads. She is the worst MP the constituents have ever had,” some leaders of the youth in the area who pleaded condition of anonymity told Today in separate interviews.
They hinted Today that they would lead the youth groups in the New Abirem constituency to stage a massive demonstration in the coming days to register their resentment about the unfulfilled promises of Mrs. Obeng-Daapah.
The intended demonstration christened; “Medofo adaadaa me” to wit “My lover has deceived me” according to the residents, would also be used to press home their demands.
“Our roads are highly deteriorating and the MP and Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) are not helping us; after the December 2012 General Elections, the MP only came to New Abirem briefly,” a cocoa farmer at Noryem, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Asare, told Today.
He added that the planned demonstration would alert President John Dramani Mahama and Mrs. Obeng-Daapah about the challenges facing the people in the constituency.
“This is to let the President and the MP to know that there are some people who voted them into power. The road situation here is bad; we have been driving through man-holes,’’ he fumed.
He noted that the traditional rulers had equally expressed their frustration on what appears to be deceptions by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Meanwhile, several efforts by Today to reach Mrs. Obeng-Dapaah through calls and text messages proved futile as she failed to respond to any of them.
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