*AS ASPIRING MP AND ASSEMBLY ALLEGEDLY FIGHTS PHILANTHROPIST
Ghana, a developing country is bedeviled with a number of grass root developmental challenge s which needs the serious attention of policy makers.
Pregnant in these hydra-headed challenges is the inactivity and indecisiveness on the part of people placed in the helm of affairs through the decentralization process to champion grass root development on behalf of the President and the nation as a whole.
It is also the case in most cases, that people who are supposed to act and ensure satisfactory and result oriented delivery in their various areas of responsibilities fails to do so, but rather fights individuals who take upon themselves to act to correct things in the society, especially at the community level.
It is in the wake of this, that the people of Ngleshie Amanfro Peace Town are appealing to the President, Minister of Roads and Highways and all stakeholders to come to their aid to complete a road project which has been abandoned as a result of a protracted feud between the Assembly, one Aspiring Member of Parliament for the constituency and a philanthropist who took it upon himself to construct the road after it has been abandoned by the Assembly for years.
Speaking to Newslinegh on the issue, Sariki (Chief) Azumah Zongo, the community leader in the area indicated that, the community has since been cut off from the rest of the world for a long time, with resultant armed robbery attacks and serious hardships to the community.
According to him, the Ga South District Assembly which oversees the area attempted to solve the problem by erecting culverts, since the community gets flooded whenever it rained, but the Assembly then abandoned the project for years despite persistent appeals from the community.
It was during one of these appeals that a philanthropist, Prophet Abbeam Danso came to their aid by filling and reconstructing the road with over five hundred (500) trips of sand and other items.
The Assembly then confronted the philanthropist in bitter exchanges, claiming that the philanthropist is taking all the glory to the project. Prophet Abbeam then got discouraged and stopped whatever he was doing for the community; including helping extend electricity to the entire community and erecting street lights for them. He disclosed.
An aspiring Member of Parliament for the area, who was also an Assembly Member for the area is said to have also had heated exchanges with the phylantropist, also claiming that Prophet Abbeam is claiming glory for the project, which could have inured to his political advantage.
Reverend Japheth Jones Agyagbo, Chairman of the Landlords’ association of the community confirmed the allegations, adding that as a result of the impasse, the philanthropist has withdrawn from the project, whilst the Assembly meanwhile is not concerned about the continuation of the project.
He added that, this resulted in the serious flooding of the community this year. Citizens of the community therefore appealed to the government to extend the ongoing road project to cover the small stretch of road, which is the only one linking adjoining villages.
Efforts to reach the Assembly proved futile at the time of going to press. The Aspiring Member of Parliament for the area, Hon Zachariah was very hostile to The New Independent Newspaper and turned reporters away when he was contacted for his side of the story. The philanthropist has since left for the United Kingdom, as this paper was made to believe.
Story by Frederick E. Aggrey