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Western chiefs burn tyres over bad roads, broken promises

FROM EMMANUEL OHENE GYAN, TARKWA NSUAEM


CHIEFS AND PEOPLE of Tarkwa Nsuaem and the Wassa Apinto Traditional Area in the Western Region have issued a two-week ultimatum to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to begin construction of the main Agona-Nkwanta-Tarkwa road.

The deplorable road barely a week ago claimed the lives of five schoolchildren and two teachers of the Learners Bridge Academy School at Tarkwa Dompim.

The road, according to the people, does  not befit Tarkwa as a mining community which contributes immensely to the development of the country.

The chiefs and their people, who wore red arm bands, blocked the main Tarkwa road leaving commuters, especially mine workers and school children, stranded in traffic for several hours.

They burning tyres produced a plume of smoke, which they claimed, signified their displeasure at the unfulfilled promises concerning their roads by the New Patriotic Party administration.

According to the Gyaasehene of the Apinto Traditional Area, Nana Dr Adarkwa Bediako, several promises from President Akufo-Addo himself to fix the road have all not been fulfilled, hence their reason for hitting the streets to protest over the seeming neglect on the part of the government.

He added that if the government refused to work on the road within the stipulated time, they would meet again and consider their next line of action.

In a media interview,  Nana Dr Adarkwa Bediako  said since the Tarkwa-Takoradi road was a major road plied by trucks such as the  heavy duty trucks owned by the Awaso Bauxite and the Ghana Manganese, there was the need for the government to pay a particular attention to it.

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