THE PARAMOUNT chief of the Hohoe Traditional area in the Volta region, a region perceived to be a voting world bank of the ruling National Democratic (NDC), has bemoaned the slow pace of development in the region.
Togbega Gabusu IV, in an exclusive interview with Kessben Fm, lamented the Millsí administrationís lack of willpower to deliver its numerous development projects to the people of the region.
He noted with concern that though then candidate Mills made a series of mouth-watering promises to the people in the region prior to the 2008 elections, which culminated in the region voting overwhelmingly for the NDC, none of the promises had been fulfilled so far.
The vociferous paramount chief said the place where President Mills recently cut the sod for the construction of an allied health science-based university had now become a forest that wild animals used as their habitat.
According to him, since the sod cutting ceremony which attracted huge media headlines was done, nothing concrete had been done on the site, thereby turning the place into a thick forest where all sorts of wild animals could be found.
Togbega Gabusu stressed that attempts by the traditional leaders in the area to seek answers on why nothing visible had been done on the project had yielded no positive response as authorities in the area had kept mum about the issue.
He stated that their people had been consistently asking why the project had not started since the sod was cut but unfortunately, the chiefs had not been able to tell them anything positive because they themselves did not have any information.
The paramount chief indicated that another project whose undue delay in the commencement had incurred the wrath of the people was the proposed construction of the eastern corridor road network which is aimed at opening the Volta region to the rest of the country.
Togbega Gabusu said the people had been angered by the undue delay in the project because then candidate Mills, in his campaign in the region, promised that the project would come to fruition when he was voted into power.
He emphasized that apart from the construction of the Eastern corridor road network, several other road networks that then candidate Mills promised to construct and rehabilitate had not seen any change.
The paramount chief noted that these, among others, were making the people lose confidence in the government, a development which he noted was likely to have a toll on the ruling party if measures were not employed to change things.
It would be recalled that the Volta regional chiefs vented their spleen on the perpetual postponement of President Millsí visit to the region, expressing disgust at the regional coordinating councilís inability to inform them about changes in the Presidentís visit.
They noted that the regional coordinating council had not shown them respect and that they were fed up with the attitude of the officials at the council, and therefore demanded a drastic change of attitude.
From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi
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