Mpraeso, Jan. 17, GNA – Mr Joseph Omari, Kwahu South District Chief Executive(DCE), has denied recent media reports suggesting that he had lied to the chiefs and people of six farming communities over a road construction project in the area.
An Accra based newspaper in its Tuesday, January 10 edition published an article with the headline “Chiefs want Kwahu South DCE sacked”.
The article suggested among other things that the chiefs and people of six farming communities namely Amanfrom, Nketepa, Asempa, Nsoboni, New Oworobon and Okraajei on the eve of last Christmas poured onto the streets to register their displeasure over the state of development in the area especially the bad nature of roads.
According to the article, the chiefs blamed the DCE of the area for claiming in a book entitled the “The Better Ghana Agenda in Action” published by the Assembly in 2011, that the Assembly had constructed a 32 kilometer road for the people.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in reaction to the publication at Mpreso on Sunday, Mr Omari said the 32-kilometer Kwahu Adawso-Mpaem road as captured in the Better Ghana Agenda of the Action book had been put in good shape though not tarred as the people were expecting.
He said a contract for the reshaping of the said road and two other road construction works was awarded to Lilyboat Trading and Construction Enterprise based in Koforidua at the cost of GHc473, 760.00.
The DCE said a letter to that effect dated December 7, 2010 signed by Mr Francis Hammond, Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Highway Authority had been received by the assembly.
Mr Omari said construction work on the reshaping of the road had been carried out successfully waiting for the tarring to make it permanent.
He appealed to the chiefs and people of the area to exercise restraint while plans were finalised for the tarring, and said the assembly would do all it could to get the road tarred sooner than later.
He expressed concern about the failure of the Accra-based publication to include his version in the story even after he had taken pains to explain and prove with the necessary documents, the sincerity of the Assembly on the project .
The DCE said his doors were opened to every media personnel about every issue relating to the work of the assembly.