The Volta caucus of the Minority NDC party in Parliament has given the Akufo Addo led government up to 48 hours to offer an unqualified apology to the chiefs and people of the Volta region for leaving the region out of the list of critical roads to be constructed in the year 2020.
“We condemn this unconstitutional conduct of the Akufo-Addo Government with all the force at our command and demand that within 48 hours, the Chiefs and People of the Volta Region should be apologised to unreservedly,” the group observed.
The deplorable nature of the country’s roads has become the source of many agitations across the country and also the subject of many discussions on the traditional media as well as social media.
To respond to the concerns of the people, government has declared the year 2020 as “The Year of Roads”. However Volta regional roads are conspicuously missing in the government’s list of critical roads programmed for construction in 2020.
In the presentation of government’s fiscal policy for the year 2020 in Parliament on Wednesday, November 13 2019, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta announced government’s special intervention in critical roads in 15 regions out of 16 regions in the country. Leaving out roads in the Volta region much to the chagrin of the minority.
Aside the demand for apology, the Volta Caucus of the minority at a press conference addressed by the MP for South Danyi, Governs Agbodza, is also demanding that government includes Volta regional roads in the list of critical roads, publish them and make sure they are accounted for in the 2020 fiscal year budget.
“The region should be immediately considered for its fair share of projects under Governments Critical Road Projects failing which the Minority will announce its next step of actions,” he said.
Some officials of government including the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo have come with the excuse that the commission of the region is a genuine mistake on the part of government.
However, the Volta caucus will have none of that, insisting that it was a deliberate ploy by government to discriminate against the region.
“We are convinced that this was a grand scheme to discriminate against the Volta Region by denying our constituents their fair share of the national cake just because of our voting pattern.
“It is also to be observed that apart from Volta being conspicuously missing in the Regional Column, not a single road or bridge appears in the Roads/Bridge Column designated for the Volta Region,” he indicated.
The Volta Caucus therefore called on the President to be mindful of the oath of office to defend the constitution of the country which forbids discrimination.
“We wish to remind President Akufo-Addo that he took an oath to defend the Constitution of Ghana. The Constitution of Ghana forbids discrimination and insists that the Government shall undertake an even and balanced development of all regions.”
Source: Clement Akoloh/africanewsradio.com