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Regional News of Wednesday, 8 January 2003

Source: Accra Mail

Two Communities Construct Road

The people of Owusu-Akuraa and Otoase-Amanfro in the Eastern Region have constructed a four-kilometre feeder road to link their communities through contributions of 10,000 cedis a man and 5,000 cedis a woman.

The people supported the construction of the road, costing 10 million cedis, with communal labour.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Nana Odoi Yirenkyi II, Chief of Otoase Amanfro and Chairman of the Road Committee, said the project would help the people from the communities who are mainly farmers to easily transport their foodstuff to the marketing centres.

The chief appealed to the Department of Feeder Roads to re-gravel the road, construct culverts and to build permanent bridges over the road.

Nana Fosu Kwabi II, chief of Jacobu in the Amansie East District, has meanwhile called for a separate district for the Odotobri area to facilitate its development.

He said the Odotobri had been marginalized in terms of development, arguing that development projects were not proportionately distributed so as to enable the area to get its fair share.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Nana Kwabi said Jacobu was the major town in Odotobri but cannot boast of anything.

He said there are about 45 feeder roads linking Jacobu from the other towns and villages in the area but most of these roads are in deplorable condition and in some cases were not motorable.

Nana Kwabi claimed that due to this situation, most foodstuff produced in the area perish on the farms due to lack of vehicles to cart them to the marketing centres.

The chief said in spite of the fact that Jacobu has a police station, a post office and a secondary/technical school, the town still lacks important infrastructure that would move it forward.

Nana Kwabi expressed grave concern about the effects of erosion on buildings in the town, noting that most of the structures are collapsing and appealed to the Amansie East district assembly to assist in checking the erosion.