FROM PATRICE SYLVESTER SELORMEY, KPEVE | firstname.lastname@example.org
A MEGA demonstration will hit Ho, the Volta Regional capital, soon to press home demands on the government to fix roads in the region.
Meanwhile as a precursor to the Ho demonstration, concerned citizens of South Dayi District have embarked on a five-hour massive demonstration at Kpeve to express their disgust at the poor handling of road construction in the region by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
The demonstration attracted drivers,market women, other traders, commuters and well-known parliamentarians from the region, including Rockson Nelson Etse Dafeamekpo and the Afadjato South Member of Parliament, Madam Alorwu-Tay.
The demonstrators were clad in all red and black chanting war songs and displacing placards some of which read: “Nana, host the fight against corruption”; “The more you abandon the roads the more expensive it becomes”; “Cut the waste in government” ; ‘Nana, is that the way to protect the national purse?’; ‘Fix the Volta roads immediately’; “We are also Ghanaians, don’t threat us as second rated citizens”; “Bring the contractors to site now”; and “Walk the talk, Nana”.
Many of the demonstrators shared their frustration over the devastating nature of the roads, particularly the Eastern Corridor road stretching from Asikuma in the Asuagyaman District of the Eastern Region through Hohoe to Jasikan in the Oti Region.
Lorry tyres were burnt on the roads which have developed pot-holes, which usually cause both vehicular and human traffic.
Instead of the police protecting the demonstrators, they rather resorted to firing warning shots indiscriminately with the view to dispersing the demonstrators, but the demonstrators stood their grounds until they achieved the purpose of the demonstration.
Briefing the media later the convener of the demonstration, Joshua Elorm Tetteh, said the aim of their action was to ask the government to bring back contractors to site to fix all the Volta roads that had been abandoned.
He said their demonstration was non-partisan since all manner of people use the roads for socio-economic activities in the region. He, therefore, urged Nana Akufo-Addo’s government not to treat Voltarians as a second rated citizens and fix the roads as he was doing at Kejebi.
Mr Tetteh said further that the roads had become so bad that a journey to the national capital that normally took two hours now took over five hours and therefore pleaded with the President to walk the talk by fulfilling his promise made at Hohoe during his ‘thank you’ tour of the region in 2018.
The convener said the roads were not new ones that funding should now be sought for, adding that the previous administration had secured funding for the projects, hence the NPP could not tell them that it was now looking for funding.
“We are calling on Nana Addo to listen to us but if he thinks they believe in demonstration, more of those will come,” he said.
A commuter who gave his name only as Kobby, said the Eastern corridor road problem was worrisome and therefore appealed to the government to cut down waste in its administration and fix the road.
He urged the citizenry to use constitutional means to press home their demand.