E/R: “GHANA COCOA BOARD MUST FULFILL IT PART OF 65 YEARS AGREEMENT OR FACE OUR RATH” – AKYEM MPONUAHENE THREATENED
The Chief of Pankese Nana Dr. Boakye Darkwa who doubles as Akyem Kotoku Mponuahene and his elders threatened to take legal action against Ghana Cocoa Board for breaching an for the past 65 years between then traditional leaders Akyem Kotoku mponua and Ghana Cocoa Board.
According to Nana Dr. Boakye Darkwa in an exclusive interview with the media at the palace of Pankese in the Brim North district in eastern region, he said land was released to Ghana Cocoa Board with an agreement of offering jobs to the people of Pankese and Mponua catchment area and to help provide development to the people but not even a single developmental projects can be pointed which was initiated by Cocoa Board. Meanwhile, tons of Cocoa beans are being carried out from the area to Accra. In his submission, he disclosed that for the past 65 years which Ghana Cocoa Board was given some portion of land to grow Cocoa without paying anything, and even those few people who benefited by being employed has being laid off from work according to Nana Dr. Boakye Darkwa.
He was speaking at Pankese calling for peace and unit among the people of Pankese and Mponua Traditional Area after many years of chieftaincy dispute which he said has caused development to delay in the area.
Nana Dr. Boakye Darkwa added that recently, armed robbers has being tormenting the life’s of his people and he can count on five robbery cases which has come to his notice including some small scale miners being robbed. He also said Pankese, being the paramountcy of Mponua of Akyem Kotoku, they lack basic social arminities such as portable drinking water, public toilet, market, health facility, and police station. He used the opportunity to appeal to the new inspector general of police Mr. Dampare Akufu to help establish police station at Pankese to deal with all criminalities.
The media engaged some citizens present including the unit committee chairman Mr. Mark Agyarko which they called for unity and development.