Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has told the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region Dr Bernard Oko Boye, roads in his area have not been given the needed attention because he is still alive.
According to the veteran journalist, history has shown that a lot of the time, rapid development comes to communities mostly when there is a by-election.
Mr Pratt said this in react to a submission by the lawmaker who had sought to clarify a quotation in the media which had been attributed to him, to the effect that, he the MP, may not be able to restrain his constituents, if they decide to hit the street, after several promises by the Roads and Highways Minister Amoako Atta, to fix their roads failed to materialize.
The MP on the show appeared to have given up after many visits and pleas to the Minister to get especially the LEKMA road leading to the Hospital reconstructed, did not attract the needed attention over the past two years that he has been the people’s representative in Parliament.
Mr. Pratt who has been a regular panelist on the Metro Television Good Morning show with the MP on Wednesday, on his part cited the just ended by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency as an example to make his point.
Mr. Pratt said the overnight development that was brought into that Constituency was something that was phenomenal.
The journalist who said he has an office in the Constituency said roads, streets and other developmental projects that sprang up all of a sudden amazed everyone but almost immediately after the election which ended in brutalities was over, such social amenities have stopped coming in.
“I have an office in Ayawaso West Wuogon and a couple of weeks before the by election, it [the Constituency] was transformed, asphalt, everything streetlights were working.
I mean streetlights were on by 5pm by 7am streetlights were still on and so on. After the election, go to that constituency; go to Abelempke everyday light off, after the election, we have about four hours to six hours light off. What is this?”
He said obviously, this development came about because of the death of the MP, Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko whose girlfriend, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, finally won the seat for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Dr. Oko Boye, who is the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, then said there have been efforts by the government but his shock is that three years into the administration, nothing significant has been achieved in terms of roads in that Constituency.
“What makes me confuse is that, we are in the third year and we are still not on the ground”, he lamented.
Here, Mr. Pratt interjected saying “It is because you are still alive, the problem is that you are still alive, the problem is that you haven’t created the condition for by-election in the constituency
Dr Oko Boye earlier said he did not think that, his constituents would wish that he died because that wasn’t something that was going to inure to their benefit. “I hope they don’t, that is not good for them”, he said amidst laughter from the two and host, Randy Abbey.
By Gifty Arthur/ghanadat.com