The leadership of the Western Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of starving the region of the needed development.
It noted that for almost close to eight years the NDC’s performance in terms of development is abysmal compared to the quantum of natural resources coming from the region.
At a press conference at Shama in the Ahanta East District, Mr. Kwabena Otchere Darko-Mensah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Takoradi noted that the NPP before leaving office had initiated policies and programmes which had created jobs and wealth as well as positioning the region strategically towards the nation’s development but the eight years NDC administration had stifled the growth of the region.
He assured Ghanaians the ‘one district one factory’ policy is feasible to address the teething economic challenges as there were available natural resources to pursue the agenda.
“We believe that we deserve better as we must enjoy our fair share of the national cake in conformity with Article 36 of the 1992 Constitution and that has been the clarion call of most eminent chiefs of the Western Region,” he noted.
Mr. Darko-Mensah said even though the region was wealthy in terms of natural resources, bad governance by the government in power had failed to fairly share the resources that mined in the area, back to the region and recalled that the demand by the chiefs for a 10 per cent share of the oil revenue for development of the their traditional areas was declined.
The MP indicated that the region generated over 60 per cent of Ghana’s natural resources including cocoa, gold, bauxite, manganese, timber, oil palm, coconut and oil and lamented that the road network, infrastructure and the people in the region were poor.
Mr. Darko- Mensah said the Kufuor-led administration increased production of cocoa from 350,000 metric tonnes in 2001 to one million metric tonnes due to pragmatic policies including mass cocoa spraying programme and that the current production was 700,000 metric tonnes.
Cocoa he noted had been affected by the black pod disease while coconut was also affected by Cape St Paul’s wilt and attributed it to the government’s failure to sustain the provision of fertilisers alleging that 180,000 metric tonnes budgeted for in 2014, was not supplied to farmers.
“Similarly, in 2015 and 2016, out of the 360,000 metric tonnes, only 180,000 was supplied, yet the John Mahama administration continues to argue that they were running a budget deficit,” he said.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Shama