Abandoned project at Assin Bereku and matters arising.
On Friday, 26th July 2019, as part of the New Patriotic Party’s motions to develop every newly created District Capitals in Ghana, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo DanKwa Akufo-Addo cut sord for the construction of Assin Bereku town roads.
To remind you of such an event, The Paramount Chief of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for fulfilling a majority of the pledges he made to the Ghanaian people in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
Owirenkyi Chief also requested for a Nursing and Midwifery Training College to be constructed for the area under the same gathering.
The project which the first phase commenced in 2019 and was supposed to be completed in 2020 before the general elections have been discontinued and no one knows when it will begin again.
The project became a controversy as to whether or not the District Chief Executive is supervising the work. This is because, the then Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency, Honorable Abena Durowaah Mensah had been campaigning, using the construction of Assin Bereku town roads as one of her achievement.
At the time, the communications team for Abena Durowaah Mensah told Edubiaseman FM that the project was not under the District common fund but rather, the former member of Parliament was using her pocket money to finance the project.
Many residents suffered from the demolishing exercise that took place to pave the way for the construction of the roads to be done and none of them received from the DCE their compensation.
However, the incumbent District Chief Executive, Honorable Charles Ohene Andoh has not officially been able to explain to the people of Assin why the project suddenly halted and the way forward.
Although some residents whose properties like buildings, stores, supermarkets among others were destroyed have received cement and roofing sheets through the intervention of the District Chief Executive, others are demanding their share.
The contractor who is in charge of this operation has stopped working for he doesn’t have money to continue the project.
Meanwhile, the NPP government is committed to continuing the project and seeing to its completion, regardless of the challenges.
The new Minister of Works and Housing even said in an interview that his ministry will ensure the completion of all abandoned projects.
As a concerned citizen and a native of Assin North District/Constituency, I am calling the attention of the District Chief Executive in the person of Honorable Charles Ohene Andoh, to tap into this opportunity to make the Assin Bereku town roads project resume.