The NDC Member of Parliament for Ejura Sekyedumase in the Ashanti Region, Mohammed Bawah Brimah has explained that his absence from this year’s Farmers Day celebration was not deliberate or intended to disregard farmers.
According to him, he embarked on a trip hence his inability to grace the occasion which was held at Nyamebekyere.
Hon. Mohammed Bawah Brimah who served as the Municipal Chief Executive under the erstwhile Mahama administration is known to have attended the annual event in years past, leaving some residents to accuse him of turning his back against farmers who work hard to feed the citizenry.
Speaking in an interview with host Henry Lord on Naagyei FM Monday, Hon. Bawah Brimah who apologized for his absence however stated that even if he had attended the event, he wouldn’t have been allowed to address the gathering as has been the practice over the years.
“Since I became the MCE from 2014 to 2016 each year the MP is allowed to speak during the farmers day event, but since Hon. Salisu Bamba assumed power as MCE he’s cancelled that. Last year I attended the event at Anyinasu but I was not allowed to speak, this year’s programme too didn’t allow space for the MP to address the gathering, but that’s not why I didn’t attend the event.”
“I’ve complained about this development to the MCE himself and he cannot tell me he’s not aware of this, because when I was the MCE he was the Member of Parliament for this area. When I hosted the farmers day while in office I gave him the opportunity to speak during the event, the protocol officer who served me is still at post serving the current MCE. All across the country MPs are allowed to speak at this event, why should it be different only in Ejura. This is bad and must be condemned.”
He commended the farmers for breaking their backs all through out the year to grow food enough to feed the country.
Hon. Bawah Brimah also called on the municipal assembly to strictly implement the by-laws passed in 2014/15 to boost the work of farmers.
Furthermore, he urged the government to remove taxes on insecticides and other agro chemicals which has made the chemicals very expensive for the farmers to purchase for use of the farm produce.