Agogo Fulani crisis Government has been insensitive to our plights - MP

Residence of Agogo and its environs took to the street to register their displeasure at government’s failure to address the issue of the nomadic herdsmen.

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Some Agogo protesters

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The Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Kojo Baah Agyemang has described as “insensitive” the posture of government in addressing the Fulani menace that has led to destruction of farms and loss of human lives at Agogo.

Residence of Agogo and its environs took to the streets to register their displeasure at government’s failure to address the issue of the nomadic herdsmen.

According to the protesters, the demonstration is their last signal to resort to lawful means in drawing the attention of authorities to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The traditional council of the area last two months issued an ultimatum to the herdsmen to vacate the area by March 31 but residents argue that the Fulani herdsmen are still in the enclave destroying farms and tormenting farmers.

Speaking to Joy News, the honourable said the efforts of security personnel have led to no results.

“The government is insensitive about our situation, the government is unconcerned. I will even say the resources are just a waste of time because from the report we got from the DCE, every month, the government spends GHC 90,000 on the security personnel here. And the exercise is in futility because they go to the bush, do about three-four hours work, they come back to town and the cattle return,” he said.

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Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon in suit

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But Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon insists a lot of work has gone into ensuring that the situation is dealt with.

“Until you begin to appreciate what happens in the bushes, you will not appreciate the fact that even when you leave there for one hour or two, there can be an incursion. There is a whole lot of dynamics you need to understand… When you have the herd of cattle moving, they can destroy farms and we are very concerned about that particular one. Even if they don’t eat your produce, stepping on it will even create more problems. So the concern is very genuine. And that is why we need more involvement of other regions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Security Council has announced an eminent RESEC meeting to deal with the herdsmen crisis at Agogo and its environs.

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