A group calling itself Progressive Akyem Citizens has accused president Akufo-Addo of overlooking the Akyem area in terms of development under his government, Black Eye Media reports.
In a press conference held by the group at Asamankesse in the Eastern region, it said the president has denied his own backyard the development it needs, saying he’s rather going about claiming projects by the erstwhile Mahama administration as his own.
The group also condemned demonstrations which followed a post by Hon. Isaac Adongo which was amplified by NDC flagbearer, ex-president John Mahama and deemed ethnocentric by Nana Addo and some persons of the Akyem tribe.
Read the full statement below
“We welcome you to our press briefing by the Progressive Akyem Citizens. Here we shall be assessing the level of development under Nana Akufo Addo in the Akyem enclave which happens to be his own backyard in the last four years. Our emphasis as progressive Akyem citizens is to focus on the development and well-being of the Akyem People. Our motivation for this press conference is to demand for development in Akyem area from our compatriots in government most especially the President Nana Akufo Addo.
According to the NPP 2016 manifesto, it highlighted some key promises that will be beneficial to the people of Akyem and Ghana at large but with less than 3 months to the next general elections it is obvious these promises were mere rhetoric and cannot be fulfilled. These promises included among others the 350 new senior high schools to be constructed, one million dollars per constituency per year and one district, one factory.
But we have noticed a consistent pattern from the president taking credit for the projects done by his predecessors with funds readily available. A typical example is the Nsawam-Adeiso-Asamankese-Boadua road which was done under the erstwhile John Mahama administration in 2016 but the president on 4th October 2020 told a lie to his supporters who converged at the Asamankese lorry park that he constructed this particular road and this we find as ridiculous.We the Progressive Akyem Citizens were of the view that with the over 374 billion Ghana cedis accrued to our compatriot Akufo Addo, one would have thought that he will be pointing to developmental projects in the Akyem enclave in the form of Rural electrification, Roads, Water Projects, educational facilities and health infrastructural projects but the story is different. We are faced with evanescent domestic issues such as poor roads, dilapidated buildings serving as schools, no public toilets in our towns, lack of health facilities, poor or no telecommunication networks in some communities and unemployment in our communities.
We most importantly want to use this opportunity to condemn some of our compatriots who recently engaged in cheap tribal politics and bused non-Akyem people to Asamankese to masquerade as Akyem indigenes and demonstrated against the Flagbearer of the opposition NDC H.E John Dramani Mahama over a Statement made by the Bolgatanga Central MP Hon. Isaac Adongo. As if that was not enough, these actors who have no traces in Akyem land went ahead to threaten Mr. Mahama not to campaign in any part of the Akyem Land. We find this as unnecessary, unfortunate and reckless. We want to state unequivocally that We the Progressive Akyem Citizens Welcome Mr. Mahama any day, anytime and anywhere in the three Akyem States because our enclave saw massive development under his watch as president and the content of his current manifesto is what every community is yearning for Mr. Mahama’s People’s manifesto has captured most of the challenges faced by the people of Akyem such as the Pig Push for infrastructure, Free TVET, Apprenticeship, Revamping of the mining sector, agriculture and cocoa production. We pray he wins the next election so that we can get our fair share of these policies and programmes.
We thank you all for your kind attention. God bless Okyeman.”