The Ashanti Region is known to be the stronghold of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). Some argue that it is the votes from this region that help the NPP to win the elections and thus regard the region as NPP’s “world bank”. Critics say that despite the enormous support offered by Ashanti Region, the ruling party has failed to carry out any significant developmental projects in the region.
Recently, the Communications Officer of the Ashanti Regional branch of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) urged President Akufo-Addo to take advantage of the opportunity, while on his tour in the region, to render an unqualified apology to both the Asantehene, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the people of Ashanti Region. The communication officer stated that the president has failed to honour the promises he made to the good people of Ashanti Region and for doing less for the region in terms of development.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has refuted such claims that the region has not seen development under his leadership. The president stated that the Ashanti Region has not been abandoned by the NPP as there are lots of ongoing projects in the region. He stressed that the developments that is happening now in the Ashanti Region is massive and he has not seen anything like that before in the region. He added that some areas need improvement but overall road development in the Ashanti Region is the biggest in history.
He hinted that the region would continue to see developments under his leadership as the the region is set to have the second four-tier interchange in the country next year. He stated that the project would be undertaken at Suame in Kumasi.
He added that the claims that the region has not seen development even though it produces most of the party’s votes is the talk of the opposition NDC. He explained further that when any objective person goes around, he would see that that is not the reality at all.
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By: JN Turkson