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The Member of Parliament of Aowin in the Western Region, Matthias Ntow, has called on the management of the COCOBOD to endeavor to hasten through the rehabilitation of poor roads in his constituency.
He noted that though the constituency abounds in the production of food and cocoa, roads in his area are so deplorable that there is nothing good to write home about.
Hon. Ntow made this charge at the recent 33rd Farmers Day Celebration held at Omanpe in his constituency.
The MP expressed misgivings at the fact that in spite of the immense contribution of his constituents their roads should remain so poor that travelling in the constituency has become a complete headache for the people.
He pointed out that without farmers, who toil and moil to produce food for Ghanaians the populace, would go hungry. What is more, his constituency produces a greater chunk of cocoa, which is the backbone of Ghana’s economy.
Hon. Ntow could not fathom how in the face all these his constituency should be palpably lacking as far as goods are concerned. He indicated that as at the time of the Farmer’s Day Celebration, the only road leading to Omanpe, where the function was observed was in a very deplorable state.
“You can just imagine how the sick and laboring mothers in particular could be transported from one town to another for medication!” He charged. Also because of these bad roads, farmers find it difficult sending their produce to the marketing centers. This situation leads to the rotting of their farm produce, thereby augmenting their poverty situation.
Touching on the environment, Hon. Ntow expressed regret at the degradation of it at the hands of “galamseyers”. He was however quick to point out that the foreigners there doing galamsey, do not venture into it on their own accord, but are given the land by the chiefs and land owners.
He subsequently appealed to the chiefs and land owners to desist from this act so as to enable generations’ yet unborn benefit from the use of the land as the present are enjoying it now.
Touching on sanitation, Hon. Ntow urged all to get involved in keeping their environment clean in concert with the Presidents intension of enlivening the environment for good health.
This way, diseases will be minimized and better health of the people will be enhanced. He therefore called for the return of Sanitary Officers (Samasam) to ensure good health for all.
On education, Hon. Ntow urged parents to ensure that their children attend school because, education is the best form of investment a parent can given to his child.
He pointed out that though he schooled in the village, his is now a Member of Parliament (MP), because of education.
Farmers on their part, pleaded with the MP to ensure that they get farm imputes such as fertilizers, chemicals for spraying the cocoa farms and many more.
Hon. Ntow offered the 2017 District Best Farmer a tricycle popularly called “Aboboyaa” which became the envy of all farmers at the function.
Source: S.O Ankamah