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Assin, Adansi chiefs threaten to boycott assembly elections

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Chiefs and people of Assin Central and Adansi South have threatened to boycott the upcoming district level elections if they do not receive positive response to calls to fix an abandoned electrification project and the deplorable road networks.

According to the chiefs, both past and present governments had failed to heed to numerous calls to have their road and electricity and other problems solved.

They said if these problems remain unsolved by next year, they would also boycott the 2016 general elections.

Nana Wadie II, chief of Assin Assaaman, who spoke at a press conference on Tuesday, said they had sent a petition to the President, the Central and Ashanti Regional ministers as well as the Ghana Highways Authority but are yet to receive any response.

He said the decision by the chiefs and people in Adansi South and Assin Municipality is not a deliberate attempt to make the government of the day unpopular. He said they are only demanding what was due them as citizens of Ghana.

The chief expressed disappointment about the deplorable state of the two communities adding that it is pathetic for communities that produced gold, cocoa, timber and other resources which generate revenue for the country to live without electricity, potable water, hospital, police station and other social amenities that make life comfortable.

He said during rainy season the roads from Assin Awisam through Assin Asamang within the Assin North and Nkranfo Nkwanta to Ataase Nkwanta of Adansi South District become immotorable — making it difficult to transport cocoa and other food crops to the city for sale.

Nana Wadie said lack of electricity had not helped the pupils in about 27 communities in a bid to learn ICT, making it difficult for them to compete with their colleagues in the big cities.

Nana Yaa Morkwaa, queen mother of Assin Nyardoam, said it was important to provide the area with social amenities to attract and retain teachers posted to the area.

She attributed the increasing number of teenage pregnancy and school drop outs in the communities to the inadequacy of teachers and said “because the pupils don’t see teachers when they go to school, they engage in vices that are inimical to their progress.”

Elder Elvis Boateng, an aspiring assembly member of Assin Nyardoam electoral area, shared the same sentiments as the chief but appealed to the chiefs to reconsider their decision not to allow the people to vote during the district level elections.

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