29 November 2012

Ghana: Kade Roads See Improvement

A population of over 179,209 residents, with an annual growth rate of 1.9% living in the Kwaebibirem District is seriously faced with developmental challenges as a result of the bad road network in the area.

The Kwaebibirem District has a land area of about 472.4 square miles, and was carved out of the then West Akyem District in 1988, as a result of the government decentralisation policy.

The rate of poverty staring in the faces of the residents leaves much to be desired since over two thirds of the population of the district live in the rural areas, and are largely crop farmers.

The farmers derive their source of livelihood from their farming activities, but lack of access to good roads to cart their farm produce to the market has become their greatest "enemy".

Apart from the aforementioned challenges, development problems facing the district include low agriculture output, resulting from the use of rudimentary farming methods, poor road networks and inadequate supply of basic social services such as education, heath, water and sanitation.

Even though, past and present administrators of the district have made several attempts, since the creation of the district, to carry out a number of development programmes and projects aimed at securing better livelihoods and alleviate poverty in the area, it appears their efforts are not enough.

The state of roads in the area in particular, at a first visit, brings to mind the state of suffering the residents are going through.

These factors have resulted in the high incidence of poverty, deprivation, and generally low standard of living among the people.

Despite several tourist sites in the district, as well as one of the leading producers of palm oil in the country, residents and natives in the area are still battling with poverty.

Some of the sites include a mysterious rock believed to be the abode of the Aduana Ancestors at Bepong near Subikese, a snake-like oil palm rock tree at Asuom Amanfrom, and a deity fish pond at Asuom among others.

However, the desperate and thorough commitment and determination of the Assembly to create a 'paradise' for natives and residents of the area is gradually gaining momentum, as the current District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Emmanuel Aboagye Osae, has outlined some socio-economic interventions.

With infrastructure development in the district, such as the construction of school buildings, health centre and market among others, Osae has shown commitment to make the roads in the area accessible.

To this end, he has embarked on serious reshaping and tarring of some selected roads such as the Abrewa, Kukubi, Abodom-Bomso, Krobom-Pramkese, Tetekasum-Takyimang roads.

The rest are the Akrasoman-Kwamang, Amo-Aku, Dompim, Outmi-New Abremu roads.

Speaking to the Eastern File after taking a cross section of the media on a tour of the roads, Osae said he considered the reshaping and possibly construction of roads in the area very paramount.

He further said that when he was appointed to the office by the late President Mills about 17 months ago, he invited his colleague Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) from Akuapem South and West Akyem to brainstorm on how they could collectively work towards putting the roads in good shape.

He contended that even though his colleagues were committed to the cause, the inability to raise funds both internally and externally defeated their goal, however, he assured residents and commuters who use the Amankese road through to Kade of the government's readiness to bring the "hell" they go through to an end.

Mr. Reginald Emmanuel Aboagye Osae, Kwaebibrim DCE, (first right), flanked by Mr. S.A. Larbi, District Coordinating Director (sr), Peter Sae Afari, Assistant Director (tr), Iddrisu Billa, District Budget Analyst (sl) & Kwaku Ofori-Abrokwaa, Presiding Member (fl)

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