Prestea Communicators for Development (PCD), a youth advocate group based in Prestea in the Western has expressed surprise over allegations made against them on Bogoso-based Trinity FM by former Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea-Huni Valley Constituency, Mr Francis Adu Kwesi Blay.
While the leadership was surprised, they also described the allegations as unfortunate, coming from a former legislature who was lucky to have served his people for eight years (from 2008 to 2016), until he lost in the 2016 NDC’s primaries.
The former MP blamed the youth group on Trinity FM for the poor road network in Prestea.
According to Mr Kwesi Blay there was a contractor who was working on the road during the NDC administration, but the youth group wrote several letters to halt the contractor from continuing the project.
However, PCD in a statement issued yesterday rebutted the allegation stating: “We see this as not only a cheap political propaganda, but also an attempt to malign our group and obtain public sympathy over his 8-years non performance and to stage a comeback.”
The statement which was signed by Francis Eshun, James Samuel Ackerson and Philip Gyan and copied to Today explained that in 2016, Asabea Engineering and Construction was asked to rehabilitate Prestea-Samreboi roads under the cocoa roads projects.
This, according to the statement, excluded Prestea to Bogoso road and Prestea town roads.
The statement said in 2015, President John Mahama announced that Prestea town roads was being considered for asphalt over-lay, in his famous GREEN BOOK, page 104.
According to the statement Asabea Engineering & Construction in 2016, took charge of Prestea town roads even though it was not awarded the contract, and began constructing culverts which later turned out to be very shoddy.
“So PCD held a press conference at that time and made it known that the work the contractor was doing was contrary to the one in the Green Book so he should come out and explain to us why the President had recommended asphalt, but Asabea Engineering & Construction was doing ‘sapite’.
“The press conference exposed the contractor, and Ghana Highways Authority refused to award the contract to Asabea Engineering & Construction. So, the contractor, immediately after the defeat of NDC, packed their machines and left the town. So with these facts how then can the former MP attribute this situation to PCD,” the statement explained.
It stressed that PCD was very happy that the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, through the effort of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi and Municpal Chief Executive, Mr. Mozart K Owuh, the 15-km Prestea Town Road has been captured in 2018 mid-year budget review presented recently by the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta.
The statement assured the people of Prestea that; the good work of PCD will continue to remain.
“We will continue to remain responsible citizens and ambassadors for Prestea’s development. The public should have faith in us,” the statement noted.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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