16 January 2013

Ghana: Chief Cries Over Poor Road Network

Kuntenase-Ashanti — Nana Attakora Bonsrah, Chief of Kronko in the Bosomtwe district of the Ashanti Region has drawn the attention of the government to the deplorable nature of the road network in the area.

He has also called on the government to work towards improving the road network, attributing the high rate of unemployment in the area to the situation.

The Kronkonhene noted that the deplorable state of the roads had contributed to stifled development in the face of the lack of infrastructural facilities.

He said the place was best suited for tourism, and urged the government to take steps to build on the tourism potentials of the area, and create jobs for the people by building a better road network.

Nana Bonsrah noted that the Bosomtwe district was known for its tourist attraction sites, notably the Lake Bosomtwe.

He disclosed that he had acquired a ten-acre land for development into a botanical garden to serve as source of employment for the indigenes, but pointed to the state of the roads in the area as a hindrance to the project, since it was not certain about the potentialities of the project and patronage by the schools and the general public.

Nana Bonsrah has, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders and government, through the Ministry of Roads and Highways, to come to their aid and provide relief and improve the lot of the people.

According Nana Attakorah, who is also a businessman, tourism had become a source of job creation over the years, and hoped the government would prioritise the reconstruction of roads, especially those linking the rural communities to the urban centers, to be more convenient and motorable, in order to improve upon tourist sites and the farming communities.

He said besides enabling farmers to cart their farm produce to the market centers, it would open up the area to proper and rapid development.

According to him, an improvement in the road network would also help reduce the rural-urban migration among the youth in search of non-existent white collar jobs in the cities, besides the fact that such job seekers were not even qualified for the jobs they seek.

He entreated his colleague chiefs to endeavour and convince the government to develop our rich cultural reserves as tourism potentials.

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