More than thirty farming communities in the Assin South District would soon enjoy uninterrupted ‘free’ telephone and internet services to enable them communicate with the rest of the world.
Hitherto, the over 8, 000 people in these communities had to climb to hilly areas or strategically positioned themselves at certain vantage locations to make and receive calls as well as access internet services.
The communities include Homaho, Domiabra, Nfanti, Ayibo, Abease, Manso, Nkwanta, Haruna, Appiahkrom, Kwaful, Asaman, Kwame Annan, Adom wowin, Yaw Boama, Nkyinsidem, Asarekrom, Abodweseso, Amartey, and other communities.
Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South, initiated the project through the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) to be facilitated by the District Assembly.
Addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of the area at a sod-cutting ceremony, the MP said over 200 different communities in the district will also benefit from improved telephone services this year.
Reverend Fordjour said the initiative formed part of government’s vision to open up all areas of the country to attract the needed local and foreign investments to spark equitable national development.
He called for sustained collaboration, unity and peace among the chiefs and the people to facilitate the development of the area.
To make this a reality, Reverend Fordjour urged them to provide lands to support government’s developments agenda and take active part in governance by adhering to their civic responsibilities.
The Assin South Legislator also stated government’s determination to speed up the process of rural electrification projects to connect many communities in the district without light to the national grid.
“Light is vision and the engine of industrial growth and the catalyst of Ghana’s economic emancipation and social re-engineering, therefore, government remains committed to lighting every corner of the country”, Rev Fordjour added.
Mr Derrick Abdul Aziz Owusu-Ambrose, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Assin South, called for patience with the government as it rolled out its policies to create jobs.
He assured the people of government’s support to upgrade infrastructural facilities to boost agricultural activities as it reduces the price of fertilizer, steps up cocoa mass spraying and cocoa pollination activities and ensure uninterrupted services from their extension agents.
Mr Frank Boahin, the Assemblyman for Homaho electoral area, lauded the Member of Parliament for working hard to bring development to the area.
He reaffirmed their resolve to commit themselves to working with all development oriented persons and institutions to effect the much awaited changes in the area.
Mr Boahin, however, appealed to the government to construct the nine-kilometre road from Homaho to Adubiase to ease existing challenges that has resulted in drivers charging exorbitant fares.
Some women who could not stand the joy of making phone call for the first time in the comfort of their homes also paid tributes to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo for delivering on his promise.