Bia West District is one of the food baskets in the newly created Western North region.

The region is also known for the production of Cocoa, Timber, and Coffee among other cash crops.

However, the district remains one of the deprived in the region.

Residents claim, Successive governments have people leaving within the district have neglected them despite their contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The district is challenged with poor road networks.

Communities including Benchema, Katankrubu, 290, Sensamu, Sayerano, Asempanaye junction, Domenebo, Erokrom, Asuoataa, Adjofua, Kwame Tawiah Krom, New Debiso, Debiso, Essam, Yamatwa Nkwanta, Kojoaba and Osei Kojokrom are threatening to stage a massive demonstration against the government, if the road is not reshaped within six (6) month.

Residents have vowed not to allow any political party to campaign within the corridors of the district.

The aggrieved communities interacted with Community reporter Kwame Baffoe Agyekum.

They claim, politicians have taken them for granted for far too long.

According to residents, cocoa and other farm produce continue to rot in the bush especially in the rainy season due to the bad state of the road network.

They added that, pregnant women are suffering when in labour due to the bad accessibility of the road to the nearby Health Centers for Healthcare delivery.

The angry residents chastised the President for failing to fulfil his promise of constructing their roads for them.

Assembly member of Adjoafua Electoral Area, Mr Aboagye Ntori lamented on how stressful the people access the road to their various destinations before they can have their daily bread for their livelihood.

He pledged his support for the various communities decision to stage a massive demonstration against npp government over the deplorable road network of Bia West District.

” The road is the worse road network in the Western North Region as precise and we produce the highest percentage of Cocoa in the country, he hinted.

Meanwhile the District Chief Executive of Bia West, Hon. John Koah who spoke with Onua news admitted the challenge resident go through in respect of their bad roads.

He pleaded with the people to exercise patience and give President Nana Akuffo Addo time to fix the road by the end of the year as promised during his recent tour to the Western North Region,

He said the assembly is planning to embark on reshaping portions of the road which is inaccessible when it rains.

Flash Back
Investigation revealed that 88 kilometer Benchema – Osei-Kojokrom road has been awarded to contract but yet the road is untouchable.

The governments of Ghana and the Netherlands have signed an agreement for the rehabilitation of the 215-kilometre Osei-Kojokrom-Sefwi-Wiaso road in the Western Region.

President John Agyekum Kufuor, who made the announced on Wednesday 18th August, 2004, in his five -day official tour to Western Region but said work on the project being undertaken by Interbeton, a Dutch firm, had already begun on a 10-kilometre stretch from Osei-Kojokrom.

On Friday 12th November, 2010 the Minister of Roads and Highways Hon. Joe Gidisu on his three a days tour to Western Region ,he said the government had secured a 143 million Euro credit facility from the Dutch Government to work on the remaining 53 kilometers of the 88-kilometer Benchema-barrier to Oseikojokrom road.

He added, it has also earmarked a portion of the 13.1 billion-dollar credit facility, which the President recently secured from the Chinese Government, to be used to rehabilitate the rest of the roads in the region from the first quarter of next year. They include 70-kilometre Prestea-Nkwanta-Samreboi road, the 56-kilometre Sefwi Bekwai-Asankragwa road in the Asankragwa District, and the 70-kilometre Sefwi Wiawso-Akontombra road in the Sefwi Wiawso District. The rest are the 17-kilometre Sefwi Bodi-Juaboso road in the Juaboso District and the 88-kilometre Bencheman.

Source :Koowaa. Com/Kwame Baffoe Agyekum

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