Residents in Kwahu are on the brink of staging a significant demonstration in protest of the government’s inability to secure funding for the construction of the Nkawkaw sports stadium.
Despite a groundbreaking ceremony nearly three years ago, there has been no progress on the Nkawkaw sports stadium, despite numerous pleas for the project’s completion.
The Nkawkaw sports stadium not only serves as the home ground for the Okwahu United sporting club but also accommodates various sporting events, including inter-school competitions and the landing site for the Kwahu Easter Paragliding festival.
Despite President Akufo-Addo’s promise to rectify the stadium’s situation, it remains in a state of disrepair.
On July 3, 2023, Dr. Bryan Acheampong, the Minister of Agriculture and the Member of Parliament representing the Abetifi Constituency, provided assurances regarding the Nkawkaw Sports Stadium during an interview known as the “Big Interview.”
He conveyed that the contractor responsible for the stadium would return to the site. Dr. Acheampong also committed to keeping the public informed about the project’s progress, promising to personally update at least once a month, given the stadium’s importance to Kwahu.
However, despite the Minister’s assurances during the “Big Interview” in July 2023 and the contractor’s promised return, four months have passed with no communication from either the Nkawkaw MP, Joseph Frempong, or Dr. Bryan Acheampong.
Frustrated residents of Kwahu now believe that they have been taken for granted for too long and are considering staging a demonstration to express their grievances.
According to reports from Agoo FM News, some Kwahu youth are actively organizing the demonstration, which is expected to take place in December during the Christmas Holidays. Termed the “Bronya Demo,” this protest signifies the government’s failure to demonstrate commitment to fixing the stadium and may lead to another substantial demonstration during the Kwahu Easter Festival in 2024.
Sources at Agoo FM indicate that the youth are profoundly disappointed with the situation, as the stadium’s completion would also create employment opportunities for them.
Additionally, they are embarrassed to see Okwahu United playing their home matches in other communities, which not only jeopardizes their safety but also hampers business activities in Kwahu