President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been challenged to let his recent visit to the Volta Region translate into development according to the Volta Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
A statement issued and sighed by the Regional Communication Officer
Mr. Sorkpa K. Agbleze and his deputy indicates that President Akufo-Addo is at
liberty to frequently visit the Volta region as he so wish, but those visits
should translate into development projects.
They said President Akufo-Addo in the state of the nation’s
address in 2019, promised the people of Volta a housing project and there is no
effort on his part to fulfill his promise, “so is also the Keta port which
he had appointed a director who is receiving pay for no work done”.
The statement noted that Nana Addo despite his visits to the
region has also refused to attend major festivals such as the Hogbetsotso
festival since he became the president.
It would be recalled that President Nana Addo recently toured
some parts of the Volta region. During his tour, he made it clear that he wants
to marry the people of the Volta region because of that he will continue to
come to the region.
Below is the full statement
The president during his recent visit to the Volta region has
demonstrated once again like his previous visits that he hasn’t got much to
show in terms of development for the hard working, determine,focus and
resilient people of Volta.
It is trite knowledge that the president has on several
platforms made promises to bring development to the region, however there are
no concrete indications pointing to the fulfillment of those promises.
Below are some of the sweet promises of the President to the
1. During the State of the Nation’s Address (SONA) in 2019, H.E
President Nana Addo said a consortium of local banks has raised 51 million
dollars to fund the completion of the housing units started by the former
President Kuffour’s administration in 2006 at Koforidua, Tamale and in Ho.
The fact is that there are no housing projects anywhere in and
around Ho. Surprisingly not even a dime of the 51 million dollars raised by the
consortium of banks as stated by the President came to Volta Region for any
2. The President in 2018 signed an Executive Instrument to
commence the construction of a seaport in Keta. Subsequently, the government
appointed Dr Alexander Adusei as Director of the yet-to-be constructed Keta
Port, a situation that has caused many of the people to express misgivings
about the project. To make a bad case worse, Dr. Alexander Adusei Jnr the
Director of the yet to be built Keta Port, continues to draw salary for ten
(10) months since his appointment for no work done. When one visits the area
demarcated for the Keta Port, all one can see is a signage. Why should the
nation continue to pay Dr. Adusei when all he could show of the port project is
a small bill board with the inscription, “Site for the Keta Port.”
The President himself have not shown much commitment on his part
towards this project proposal to the Volta Region. This has been demonstrated
as there was no financial commitment on the side of the government in the 2019
Budget towards the Keta Port. Interestingly too, there was no mention of the
Keta Port in 2020 Budget either. Maybe this could also be a mistake as was the
case when critical roads from the region were missed from the budget.
3. H.E President Nana Addo have promised the people of
Ghana “One District one Factory” 1D1F, a little over three years now
into his government, not even one district in the Volta Region can boast of any
1D1F flagship programme of the President.
The people of the Volta region have on several occasions
appealed to the President to complete several abandoned projects in the region
but to no avail.
Here are but a few of the projects that have been abandoned by
president Nana Addo.
1.The five (5) district water project.
The phase one and two of this project was completed under
the John Mahama government with the water treatment plant located at Adidome in
This project was meant to supply water to the people of Central
Tongu, Adaklu, Ho West, Agortime Ziope and Ho central when completed. However
the hope of the people of having access to portable water have become elusive
as the last phase of the project which is the distribution phase has been
abandoned by the Nana Addo led government.
2. Sea defense project.
The sea defense project from Atorkor , Agbledome, Dzita Anyanui and
Fuveme have been abandoned. The people living between Atorkor, Agbledome, Dzita
Anyanui and Fuveme stretch have always experienced the deadly and devastating
effects of tidal waves leading to the lose of lives and properties.
In other to solve this problem, the NDC government have done a
sea defense wall from Atorkor all the way to Agbledome.
They have also constructed the Atorkor Dzita Anyanui road to
make the area which once inaccessible and difficult for the indigenes to visit
market centers in Keta, Anloga and Dabala very accessible.
The last phase of the sea defense project which is the Dzita
Anyanui stretch have been abandoned under the Nana Addo led government.
3. The region have witness the abandonment of several road
projects in the region. Some of the abandoned road projects include the Shime
roads, Kome roads and roads in South Tongu, Adaklu, Tongor Dzemeni roads as
well as the Volivo bridge in North Tongu among others.
The NDC in the region wants to draw the attention of the president
to the fact that under his administration, several youths in the region have
lost their jobs as a result of his government’s approach to the banking sector
clean up and the closure of nine radio stations in the region. The list of
radio stations closed down are radio Tongu, Hogbe radio, Sekpele radio, radio
Kpando, Dayi fm, Akpini Fm, Light FM, Abacc FM etc.
We want to also assure the president that he is at liberty to
frequently visit the region as he so wish, however those visits will be
meaningless if it does not translate into tangible development of the region.
The people of the region are still in shock that despite the
numerous visits of the president to the region, apart from not having any
significant project in the region, he has also failed to attend major festivals
in the region. An example is his absence from Hogbetsotso festival which is
celebrated by six districts and municipalities within the Anlo state from 2017,
2018 and 2019 and other major festivals in the region.
The Volta region under John Mahama have witnessed several
developments, just to mention a few:
1. Water treatment plant that serves the Kpando municipality and
parts of Biakoye.
2. Five district water treatment plant at Adidome.
3. University of health and allied science
4. Ho aerodrome ( Ho airport)
5. Ho market
6. Modern abattoir at Sokode
7. Construction of E-block at Volo, Avenorfeme, Adaklu,
Kwamekrom, Nkwanta, Chinderi etc.
8. Expansion of infrastructure facilities in schools such as
Ketasco, Spaco, Three town, Biheco, Zico, Keta Busco, Ho Mawuli, Sokode SHS, Ve
9. Chps zones across the region
10 ICT centers in Keta, Tegbi, Agortime Ziope, etc
11. Expansion of the Akatsi south district hospital with
theater, administration block, staff bungalow, children’s ward and a mortuary.
11. Keta and Anloga shopping mall.
12. Asphalting of some Ho town roads.
13. Asphalting of some Aflao town roads
13. Asphalting of some Kpando town roads.
14. Asphalting of some Hohoe town roads.
15. Construction of the Atorkor Agbledome sea defence wall.
16. Started the Blekusu Agavedzi sea defence wall.
17. Constructed the Abor to Aflao roads
18. Ho – Adidome road
19. Ho- Fume road
20. Kpando – Dambai road
21. Sogakope Aveyime Battor roads.
22. Built district assembly offices for North Tongu, Afadzato South, Ketu North, Akatsi North, Adaklu, Ho West etc.
Sorkpa K. Agbleze
Volta Regional Communication Officer
Delali Bright Kugbeadzor
Deputy Regional Communication Officer