Osei Kofi Acquah, a member of the Asante Youth Association (AYA), believes that in order to bring development projects to the Ashanti area, parliamentarians there need to improve their lobbying abilities.
Despite the region’s contribution to the overall country’s economic progress, he claimed that MPs had neglected to advocate for development initiatives in the area.
On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Osei Kofi Acquah who is also the National Youth Organizer for the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was participating in a panel discussion on Otec FM’s political program “Dwabrem.”
After the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, demanded that the region, which is the NPP’s base, deserves greater developments from the government of President Nana Akufo Addo, he made his remark.
The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has urged the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to support more growth initiatives in the Ashanti region.
The Asante Monarch claimed that because the area is the governing party’s stronghold, it deserves the best.
The Asakyihene, Nana Mensah Bonsu, who gave Otumfuo’s speech, stated that because the Ashanti area is the foundation of your party, we deserve nothing less than the best.
At the commissioning of the 100 km of auxiliary infrastructure and rehabilitation work for the Kumasi Inner Ring and Adjacent Streets project at Nsenie yesterday, August 1, 2022, Asakyihene stood in for Otumfuo.
In support of the Asantehene’s assertion, Osei Kofi Acquah questioned why President Nana Akufo Addo must completely ignore the region that has achieved political power gains for the NPP.
He said that the MPs should have reminded the government of its commitment to the region’s development even before the person sitting on the Golden Stool.
He attributed their inability “to lobby developmental projects to the region” on the Ashanti MPs’ self-serving interests.
He snarls, “The Ashanti area has stood loyal to the NPP in acquiring political powers for the NPP, in addition to being the hub of agricultural raw materials and natural resources like gold, lumber, and bauxite among others, yet the region is yet to benefit from the part of the national cake.
“The main culprit for his failure to locate even a single project in his Suame seat should be the majority leader in Parliament, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
He said to the host, Dr. Cash, “The other MPs have similarly followed suit and done nothing for their areas.
In order to bring the other Ashanti MPs to their senses, he cautioned, “the pelting and hurling of sachet water to Hon Kyei Mensah Bonsu in his constituency lately must be reproduced to them, even if we have to whip them.”