‘Ho needs infrastructure to befit regional capital status’

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho Central, Mr. Benjamin Komla Kpodo, has added his voice to the cry of the people for a “Marshal Plan” to upgrade the Ho municipality with the appropriate infrastructure to befit its status as a regional capital.

“The Volta Regional capital, Ho, has no dual carriage roads. The old roads are narrow and have generally deteriorated while the new streets are being poorly constructed and so they wash away very fast,” he pointed out.

Mr Kpodo was speaking at a durbar held at Tanyigbe-Anyigbe near Ho on Saturday to honour Mr Samuel Koku Sitsofe Anyidoho, a former Presidential Spokesman on his election as a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC.

Without mincing words, Mr Kpodo lamented that while other link roads, namely the Matse-Klave and Ho-Hodzo –Tokokoe roads were awaiting construction, many school construction projects were at a standstill.

Furthermore, he observed that “ the Volta Regional Library block at Ho which started 12 years ago is yet to be completed while the regional hospital  requires a major upgrade to support teaching and learning in the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS)”.

“I am echoing the voice of the people. I hope we all can do something to meet the aspirations of our people for a brighter future and foster stronger relationships,” he said to the applause of the gathering.

Meanwhile, Mr Kpodo revealed that the regional office of the Ghana Education Service (GES) which was constructed many years ago with wooden staircases and floor was still in the same state, while the Ho municipal office of the GES was operating in a family house.

“The Cultural Centre building which started many years ago is at standstill and the municipal assembly offices are nothing to write home about,” he added.

The MP, however, said that the establishment of UHAS at Ho and the construction of the Ho-Nyive-Atikpui-Klave roads as well as the Ho-Fume road were gratifying and an indication of a bright development prospects in the area.

He also mentioned the ongoing Ho Central Market reconstruction under the GUMP project alongside the abattoir at Sokode and the waste management site at Akrofu among projects which he testified to government’s concern for the area.

Turning to the main event, Mr Kpodo congratulated Mr Anyidoho for his patriotism, saying his election to the post of Deputy General Secretary was in recognition of his hard work by all and sundry in the party.

Speaking at the same function, Mr Henry Ametefee, urged the Ho Municipal Assembly to find innovative ways of generating adequate funds internally to put up a new assembly hall

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Tanyigbe-Anyigbe

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