Bosomtwe): Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity offered me to make a Statement on the poor infrastructural development within the Lake Bosomtwe Basin.
Mr. Speaker, the Lake Bosomtwe Basin is crying out loudly and is imploring Mother Ghana to rescue her from the state of poor infrastructure. In particular, the basin requires good roads, potable water, communication network among others.
Mr. Speaker, many patriotic citizens and some foreigners have made huge investments in the area such as Lake Bosomtwe Paradise Hotel, Lake Point View Hotel, Kokoado Rest House, Kessben Resort, and Twum Barima Hotel. The investors wonder when they will be enabled to obtain deserving returns on their investments. There is a queue of potential investors who are knocking out at the same time wondering when the Bosomtwe Basin will be provided with the relevant infrastructural facilities to enable them provide further investment which will, without doubt, contribute towards the development of the area.
Mr. Speaker, the main infrastructural handicap in the area is poor roads which are both inadequate and in deplorable conditions.
Mr. Speaker, Lake Bosomtwe which is situated about 30 km south of Kumasi, it has been discovered, was formed through the impact of a meteorite about one million years ago. It is the largest lake formed in such a manner in the world. It abounds in huge potential for tourism development.
The Lake Basin has been identified as a major natural resource that lends itself to an integrated and sustainable eco-tourism product development.
U n f o r t u n a t e l y, M r. S p e a k e r, infrastructural development in the Lake Basin is nothing to write home about. There are three constituencies around the Lake, namely, Bosomtwe, Bosome Freho and Bekwai. It is sad to state that there are no good roads linking these constituencies. For example, only a foot path links Bosomtwe and Bekwai constituencies along the lake.
Mr. Speaker, to highlight on the need to develop the road network in the Bosomtwe Basin, I will use the Bosomtwe constituency as an illustration. The Bosomtwe constituency has only two good roads -- these are Kumasi-Abono and Ejisu-Bekwai roads which traverse the constituency. The latter road is still under construction and has not yet been completed. All other roads in the constituency are in very poor shape. Mr. Speaker, the poor road network has retarded the development of the 24 communities strung around the lake as well as the tourism potential of the area.
At the moment, the Government has initiated a process of improving the road network by the construction of a number of roads. Some of the roads under construction include Abono-Apau Junction, Nyameani-Beposo, Sewua Junction-Sewua, Pemenase-Beposo- Mmurontuo and Eduaden-Bedease roads. Regrettably, all these are very short distance roads and the collective efforts have not made significant impact on the road network in the area.
Mr. Speaker, with those roads under construction, a veritable problem is also