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Ministers of state decide development not MPS -Effiduase MP

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Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie – MP Effiduase Asokore

Hon. Kwame Anyimadu Antwi – Chairman Ashanti NPP MP Caucus register MPs concerns

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effiduase/Asokore Constituency, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, has condemned the hostile attitude of voters in the Ashanti Region towards their Members of Parliament.

He criticised the development which is emanating from the seeming apathy of the government to adequately provide infrastructural development in the region.

People in the Ashanti Region are accusing the government, and for that matter Members of Parliament, for their apathy in championing the interests of the constituents in terms of development projects.

They claim they vote massively for the party to form a government, which rather decides then to provide projects, including interchanges, in other regions.

Their worry was premised on the claims that Kyebi, Abomosu and many towns in the Eastern Region, where President Nana Akufo-Addo and Roads Minister Amoako Atta and Finance Minster Ken Ofori-Atta come from, have seen massive development since the inception of the current administration, while Kumasi and most parts of the Ashanti Region, where the bulk of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) votes come from, remain neglected, hence, the bitterness in the ruling party’s stronghold.

But, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, last week Wednesday during a programme on Wontumi TV, bemoaned why the electorate turn round to attack the MPs, instead of the decision-makers.

He explained that those who decide the development were the Ministers of state, the Finance Minister and Roads and Highways Minister, and not MPs, and so MPs were not to be target for attack.

According to the Medical Doctor cum politician, the decision to distribute developmental resources was that of the government.

Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie disclosed that “No Ashanti NPP MP is happy with the trend of development,” stressing that the decisions in the Ashanti Region were executive decisions and solely rested with the President; “it is the President, Minister of Roads and Finance that will say, there is no money…”

The Chairman of the Ashanti NPP MP Caucus, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, who disclosed attempts by the Caucus to meet the President, said although some roads had been fixed, more needed to be done, as there was a lot of pressure from their constituents.

“We have Kwabre East – the roads within Kwabre East are very bad, and there are constituencies like Manso Adobea, Nkwanta, Bantama, Kwadaso…, Asante Akyem North and South. So virtually, all the constituencies have some concerns which are roads,” Kwame Anyimadu Antwi said.

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