The Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere Constituency, Dan Botwe, has called on Ghanaians, particularly his constituents, to change their attitudes in order to ensure socio-economic freedom.
According to him, the major contributing factor to poverty is not the absence of money, but rather the absence of hope, ability to change attitude towards individual development, and legitimate means for sustainable income generation.
The Okere legislator made this known in an interview with the Eastern File on Saturday during an inspection of electrification and road construction projects at Krutiase, a farming community in the Okere District.
The road network of the area is nothing to write home about, a situation that has forced vehicles to avoid the area giving way to okada (commercial motorcycle) business.
As if that is not enough, many teachers have refused postings to the area, since there is no electricity, and have to walk or take Okada which charges GH¢6 to and from a nearby community to charge their phones at a cost of GH¢2.
It could be recalled that ‘AS I GROW’, an Akuapem –Larteh-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), on September 30, 2017 and May, 2018 took some selected media personnel to the farming community during a presentation to the chief and people.
The Chief of the area, Nana Opare Appiah, took advantage of the presentation ceremony and called on the government, through the media and NGO, to help improve the infrastructure deficit of the area.
Chief among the infrastructure deficit are the bad road network, electricity and lack of potable water.
To this end, the MP for Okere, who is also the Minister for Regional Integration, said the District Chief Executive responded to their plight by working on their roads and adding the community to the national grid.
Touching on the project, he stated that, his constituency is divided into two, the upper and lower, with the latter having many infrastructure challenges such as road network, electricity, and potable drinking water among others.
In helping to change the attitude of the people, he has promised to invest hugely into education through the construction of schools, particularly kindergartens, in almost every settlement to start educating the people of area to believe in themselves and drive their abilities towards national development.
The Chief of the area, Nana Opare Appiah, expressed a profound gratitude to the MP for the timely construction of the two projects, since many teachers in particular have refused postings to the area, following lack of electricity and the poor road network.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Debrah Bekoe Isaac, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of As I Grow, also thanked the MP for his good work and assured the community that they will do their possible best to get their woes attended to.
The MP later congratulated As I GROW for work on campaigning against the menace of teenage pregnancy and promised to support the NGO.