The chiefs and people of Gomoa Owan Debeso, in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region, have threatened to boycott the 2020 general election if the road leading to the town and two damaged bridges were not reconstructed, and the stalled electrification project to boost business and also provide homes with light is not resumed.
They declared that they will not entertain any politician in the community in 2020 if their concerns raised are not addressed, due to the fact that the two and half kilometre feeder road linking Debeso and Gomoa Tarkwa had been in a deplorable state and two damaged bridges had cut off communities for decades.
Speaking on behalf of the inhabitants at a press conference at Debeso, Nana Amoa Atta V, Gyaasehen of Gomoa Akyeampim traditional area, who were clad in red, to signal their anger, noted that the most painful part of their story was that, all the leading political parties in the country had at various times, promised to address the challenges, but had failed to do so and the condition of their roads, bridges and electrification were worsening by the day.
“My subjects, mostly famers, have to carry their farm produce for long distances on foot before they get to the market centres, leaving most of their produce on the farm to rot, impoverishing them, it is becoming difficult for them to cater for themselves and their dependants, particularly their children, who are at various levels in school,” he fumed.
Nana Atta, who is also the Odikro of Debeso, appealed to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa West, Alexander Abban, to ensure that work on the road, which had stalled for decades was continued while the bridges are awarded on contract and the electrification projects resumed.
He urged the government to address their challenges or else there will be “no roads, bridges and electricity, no vote in the 2020 general election”.
According to Mr Abban, later when contacted, he assured of efforts being made to get the contractors back on site to complete the works before the end of the year. –GNA