Concerned residents of Kutukrom, located in the Evalue-Ajomoro Gwira constituency of the Western Region, have voiced their disappointment with the Akufo-Addo-led government for neglecting their community.
They conveyed their grievances in an interview with the media.
The Kutukrom to Prestea road has been in a state of disrepair for many years, with no commercial vehicles traversing it for over four months.
The only means of transportation to Kutukrom is by motorbike, commonly referred to as “okada.”
In 2020, president Akufo-Addo and his roads minister visited the area to symbolically commence the reconstruction of the road network from Kutukrom to Prestea.
However, according to report, no progress has been made on the road.
The residents of Kutukrom, have expressed their frustrations, stating, “We are suffering here, and today, you’ve been drenched by the rain. It seems like we are not part of Ghana; they don’t care about us at all.”
“We were here in 2020 when President Akufo-Addo and his team came to cut the sod for the road construction to Prestea.
“President Akufo-Addo and his government have neglected us. Look at our road; we are calling on President Akufo-Addo to visit again and experience our terrible road network. They should consider us as human beings because we are suffering,” they emphasized.
In response, Kofi Arko Nokoe, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, revealed that he has been consistently reminding the government to fulfill its 2020 pledge.
He expressed his disappointment in President Akufo-Addo for abandoning the road network from Kutukrom to Prestea.
Mr Nokoe said, “It’s a shame that President Akufo-Addo has taken the good people of Kutukrom for granted. Due to the current state of the roads, no car can reach Kutukrom, and my constituents rely on motorbikes, known as Okada, for their daily activities. It’s very unfortunate. I recall summoning the roads minister to Parliament over the poor roads in the Evalue-Ajomoro Gwira constituency, and his assurances were not accepted by my constituents.”
He also pointed out that, “since president Akufo-Addo assumed office, not a single kilometer of road network in the Evalue-Ajomoro Gwira constituency has been paved, despite the significant cocoa production in my constituency.”
Nokoe pledged to work with the residents of Kutukrom to address the deplorable Kutukrom to Prestea road.
Kutukrom, the largest and most populated community in the northern part of the Evalue-Ajomoro Gwira constituency, is known for its abundant resources, including cocoa, rubber, cassava, plantain, and yam, among others.