The Residents of Banka in the Asante Akim South District are demanding accountability from Nana Osabarima Twiampomah III, Chief of Banka who is being held for allegedly misappropriating $150,000.00 belonging to his community for infrastructure development.
According to residents, the money misappropriated was a lease sum paid by Gulf Coast Resources Limited, Manage by Mr. Ebenezer Baah Aware Quansah, a mining company, to the people of Banka after using their land for mining for the past 10 years.
The residents revealed that GCRL paid the amount as per Stanbic Bank Cheque number 534403 on June 14, 2011. It was received and acknowledged by the Nana Twiampomah III, who issued a signed receipt on June 14, 2011, for the development of the community but yet the community is in poor condition as at now.
The community is therefore demanding for an immediate account or return of the money which belongs to the people of Banka else they will demonstrate and destool him.
Speaking in an interview with Leticia Aboagyewaa, the Women Organizer for Concerned Youth of Banka, indicated that the absence of public toilet facilities leaves them with no other option than to defecate in the bushes.
The Women Organizer further lamented that it’s very shameful if someone is to visit them and request a place of convenience or health facility. “We have to go to the forest and dig in order to ease ourselves. This makes living here at Banka very uncomfortable,” she said.
She, therefore, urged the authorities to help construct modern public toilets and health facilities in their community. “We face a lot of challenges when it comes to issues related to health, water, and access to toilet facilities. We need our money to construct kindergarten for our children and build toilet facilities,” she added.
Residents in need of urgent health services are compelled to travel to other communities to receive medical attention. She said the situation gets worse during emergency situations, you have to call for the government’s immediate support.
“When you fall sick, a motor bicycle would be used to convey you to a health centre. If you don’t have access to a motor bicycle, you would be carried on shoulders because there will be no car to this area due to the nature of our road here. The situation gets worse when one is in labour you have to sit on a motorcycle which is bad.
Miss Leticia Aboagyewaa, popularly known as Afio, called for an immediate intervention from the government, Member of Parliament for Asante Akim South Constituency, Lawyer Kwaku Boateng, philanthropists, and other stakeholders.
Bernard K DADZIE/capitalnewsonline.com
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