Traditional Rulers in the newly created Ahafo Region have appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo to extend infrastructural development to the area, for the socioeconomic progress of the region.
That, according to the chiefs, would help improve the living standards of the people, check the menace of rural-urban drift, attract investors, tourists, traders and Non -Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to the area.
This came to the fore when Mrs Grace Jeanet Mason, the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, last Tuesday paid a courtesy call on some Paramount Chiefs in Ahafo region, to discuss areas of trade and cooperation between her country and the area.
The High Commissioner told the chiefs that she had traveled from Accra to the Ahafo region by land in order to see the good land, rivers and water bodies, forests and the people.
Traditional rulers visited included the Paramount chiefs of Goaso traditional council, Nana Kwasi Bosomprah, Kukuom traditional council, Osahene Kwaku Atakyi and Ntotroso traditional council, Barimah Twereku Ampem.
Others were the Paramount chiefs of Kenyasi No 2 traditional council, Odeneho Dadeako Kwabena Nsiah – Ababio and Kenyasi No 1 traditional council, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri.
The chiefs, who received the High Commissioner separately in a grand durbar, bemoaned the deplorable road networks, poor educational systems, lack of infrastructural projects and unstable telephony reception in the Ahafo region.
Odeneho Nsiah – Ababio, the longest serving ruler in the country, said bulk gold, timber and other forest products, human resource, foodstuffs and other valuables were transported from the area daily.
The chief indicated that “Ahafo region is totally neglected in all areas of the economy, though the region contribute immensely to national development.”
Odeneho Nsiah – Ababio expressed worry about the high rate of youth unemployment in the region, especially in Kenyasi, non – existence of traffic signals in the area and poor living conditions of women and children.
FROM EMMANUEL ADU GYAMFI, GOASO