Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to associate myself with the Statement. Mr. Speaker, I am very glad that when the hon. Colleague (Capt. Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey) who spoke last was contributing, he made mention of the strenuous efforts he had to make before he could get to Akontombra when he was invited there. Mr. Speaker, that is the bare picture.
Indeed, you get to the area -- and it is not Akontombra alone -- I share a common boundary with Akontombra and as the Statement indicated, the condition there is predominant; it is found in all these areas -- Suaman constituency on Aowin Suaman, Akontombra and Juabeso. As the Statement was read, hon. Members heard that it is a forest reserve area and with such a forest range, we anticipate that when the rains set in, the roads are going to be very, very poor; and indeed, the roads are very, very bad.
Mr. Speaker, this is an area where a lot of the cocoa which is the backbone of the country's economy is produced. Invariably, and so ironically, this is the area where the roads are worse, I would say, in this country. There are no tarred roads, not even an inch of a tarred road in any of these constituencies. Mr. Speaker, it is very, very bad. You go to other social amenities and they are also not existing.
Mr. Speaker, things are very alarming there. Sometimes, you wonder whether people in that area are really part of Ghana. Mr. Speaker, Governments have come and gone. This is the time of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government and the area is still contributing effectively
[CAPT. EFFAH-DARTEY (RTD.)] to the economic development of this country. We want to plead that the fair share of all amenities that are going to all the other places must also be extended to these areas.
As I speak now, Mr. Speaker, my constituency is cut off from the rest of Ghana because the roads are all blocked. Here we are, articulated trucks, mummy trucks evacuating cocoa to the harbours and so on are plying these routes and yet they are the worst you can meet. Mr. Speaker, nothing could save the area apart from tarring these roads because the forest range is so wide and the rains are very heavy there.
That is not the end of it. The schools there were just some of these newly created secondary schools, they need a lot of amenities, masters' bungalows and because of the roads and all these amenities are lacking,
when you post people or transfer people there they do not want to report to the area so that life there can be enhanced.
Mr. Speaker, these amenities and challenges that have been enumerated are very, very vital and I support the Statement and wish the Government would turn a very positive eye to that place and help us also develop.