The Member of Parliament for Ayensuano, Samuel Aye – Paye has proposed the establishment of a committee on Cocoa roads which will see to the construction of good roads in cocoa growing areas across the country.
According to him, most of the roads linking cocoa growing areas are in a bad state even though monies are set aside and given to the Department of Feeder Roads to put the roads in motorable state.
His comment comes in the wake of several pleas from the people of Amenfi West in the Western Region which is one of the major cocoa growing areas in the country on government to repair the broken 82 meter bridge on the Tano River which has been damaged for nearly six months.
Contributing to a panel discussion on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Programme, Hon. Aye Paye expressed displeasure over the lack of urgency on the part of the government to repair the damaged bridge which has made it impossible to transport cocoa from that areas.
“Government must step up its efforts and ensure that roads in cocoa growing areas are put in good shape, for instance the culvert on the road linking Amanase with Aboabo which are major cocoa growing areas in my constituency is broken for several months and it has not been repaired despite my several attempts at getting the District assembly to work on it’’. He said
“ We as a country must be serious with issues about cocoa since it is the second most highest foreign exchange earner for the country’’ he added.
Hon, Aye Paye said the establishment of the proposed committee which must be made up of officials from the Department of Feeder Roads, Members of Parliament from Cocoa growing areas and MPs serving on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs will to a large extent ensure that the monies allocated for constructing cocoa roads are judicially used.