Constituents in the Atwima Kwanwoma constituency of the Ashanti Region have called on delegates of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to vote massively for Mr. Kwaku Kyei Ofori, an aspiring parliamentary candidate, who has outlined plans to focus on development, business generation and employment opportunities for the people.
Atwima Kwanwoma district in the 2020 election voted massively for the NPP with 77,823 votes out of the 1,795,824 votes cast in the Asante region for the party.
The Atwima Kwanwoma district is known for its large ginger and cassava production, unfortunately however, farmers in the enclave face a host of challenges transporting their farm products due to poor road infrastructure.
Some constituents mostly farmers who met with the aspiring parliamentary candidate recently at Atwima Foase applauded him and are eager to support his plans to establish ginger and cassava factories in the constituency, with their input and ownership, helping them empower themselves.
They have therefore appealed to the delegates to elect Mr. Kwaku Kyei Ofori to enable him to bring his vision to fruition.
The farmers have been shocked and disappointed at the lack of progress in development and employment in the area, despite the constituency’s incumbent MP, Kofi Amankwa Manu currently serving as Ghana’s Deputy Defense Minister.
“It has been almost four years since we voted for this current MP and NPP but there is nothing to boast about. We are therefore entreating our delegates not to make a mistake to vote for him (Kofi Amankwaa Manu) again. If they do not heed our appeal we will be compelled to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ in the upcoming elections,” one Akosua Agyeiwaa stated.
She told the delegates in the constituency not to take the calls of the electorates and the farmers in the constituency as a joke, urging them not to vote for any particular candidate out of fear or intimidation, adding, “Kwaku Kyei Ofori is also a native of Atwima Kwanwoma, his mother is from Ahenema Kokoben and his Grandfather’s side is from Atwima Twedie so he qualifies as a true son of this enclave who can help us all.”
A resident of Atwima Foase who spoke on condition of anonymity, added,
“We call on the delegates in this constituency to vote for an MP who is selfless, a development-minded person who cares for the wellbeing of both Atwima and Kwanwoma people but not someone who will bring disunity among the residents.”
Speaking to this online portal, Mr. Kwaku Kyei Ofori said, he met with the farmers to let them know his vision and what he can do for the constituency when the delegates elect him as the NPP parliamentary candidate for the area.
“I met with farmers and delegates, but I also wanted the community to understand what is happening so that they have a fair idea of my vision as well. Sometimes people feel like it is only the delegates who have the opportunity to hear the good news, so I brought together not just the delegates but also the community as part of the conversation since they (the community) are also stakeholders in everything that is happening.”
He lamented, “We have ginger sitting on the farm with no buyers and the ginger is going bad. Why can’t we convert this ginger into money? Cocoa has been converted into chocolate so why not convert or process ginger into something like ginger chips and ginger powder that could be used at homes for spices.”
The Aspiring MP who is also The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) reiterated his commitment to brand Atwima Kwanwoma as the Ginger City of Asante.
“Today when one mentions Akomadan, tomatoes come to mind. That is what I intend to make Atwima Kwanwoma when I become their MP. Plans are far advanced to set up a cassava and ginger factory in the constituency,” he added.