Residents of Kyekyewere, Kyerayaso, Kasitie cry for help as bad roads affect livelihoods
Despite the numerous strategies adopted by previous and current governments, the developmental gap between Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital and the people of Kyirayaaso, Kasitie and other communities especially Kyekyewere one of the bauxite community within the Atwima Mponua District of the country continue to widen.
Taking a journey through the Atwima Mponua District in the Ashanti region of Ghana, one comes across a number of communities which beg for very basic social amenities thereby making life very unbearable.Some of the such communities are Kyekyewere, Kyirayaaso, Sreso,Achiase,Kotokuom Kasitie, Adobewura and the likes, in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Even though a village like Kyekyewere and Sreso is one of the ancient communities in the Ashanti region which was established two hundred years ago, but it can not boast of a single tarred road, a situation that is making life difficult for the farming communities in the district to transport their farm produce.This situation has mounted enormous pressure on the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for the Atwima Mponua constituency, Hon Isaac Kwame Assiamah and the district Chief executive, Hon William Yaw Darko Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame has learnt.
Speaking to some of the residents at Kyekyewere, Kasitie, Achiase, Kotokuom and Kyirayaaso,they mentioned some of the developmental challenges facing the constituency which among them is lack of portable drinking water, lack of electricity, lack of health facility and bad road network.
Particularly, women among the residents expressed worry over the bad roads that links Kyekyewere, Achiase, Kotokuom and Serso to Nyinahin their district capital to access health care or transport their farm produce to Nyinahin through Kumasi which are begging for urgent attention.
Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame who has just returning from his duty as a community reporter who reports mostly on social issues was able to visit over 17 communities within the constituency indicates that, no single major road of the above mentioned communities in the Atwima Mponua District has been tarred for the past 20 to 30 years while most of them has not even sees tarred road before in their communities since creation.
Our reporter revealed that, some of the villages within the district have been totally cut-off due to lack of social amenities like roads, water and electricity.
“The whole community of Kyekyewere especially has no potable drinking water, people get water from the streams or the rivers which is located very far away from their residence before accessing it”, he added.
Meanwhile, pregnant woman is carried by some strong men in the village when they were in labor and walk about nine miles to access health care especially.The sad aspect is that, when it rains since no vehicle is ready to go because of the bad nature of the road from Kyekyewere to Nyinahin,all their farm produce got spoiled in the bush while some pregnant women lost their lives or babies or both on the road.
They have therefore appealed to the relevant agencies to come to their aid since these communities remains a major food basket for the district as well as the region with most of the people being farmers.
The assembly member for Kyekyewere electoral area Hon Anane Frimpong also appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo to direct the agencies to attend to the urgent needs of the people in these deprived communities who feel neglected for the past 200 years.
The chief of Kyekyewere Nana Oesi Marfo III and Nana Dwumaa Frimpong, Chief of Sreso also reminded the President the promises he made to the people of Kyekyewere, Kasitie and Sreso during his 2016 campaign tour.
Source Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)