According to him, although communities are in the area have long struggled with robberies, the situation appears to be getting out of control in recent times.
It comes on the back of the killing of a military officer in a highway robbery in the area on Saturday.
Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Monday, the lawmaker said intelligence failure has led to the rise in crime in the area.
“I believe it’s an intelligence failure. We’ve had too many of this so the security officials have to up their game even though we appreciate what the IGP has done for us. That whole corridor is under threat. Economic activity is under threat. We are already starting from the bottom so if our effort is negated by crime, then we have a serious problem,” he said.
He noted efforts at addressing the crime situation in the area have been unsuccessful.
“They’ve even brought a regional patrol team to augment what we have but the situation is still there. I think unemployment and other factors are giving birth to this high-level rate of crimes and as a country, we are sitting on a timebomb”.
Similar incidents of robberies are happening across the country. In the Central region, a headmaster at Cape Coast was shot in front of his house on Saturday evening while returning from a meeting. In the Eastern region, robbers mounted roadblock on Monday dawn and robbed passengers plying that route. A passenger was shot in the attack.