Reports coming out from sources indicate that people of the Volta Region are planning to carry out a massive demonstration against the ruling NPP government over abandoned road projects in the region.
The group coming under the banner of “Fix All Abandoned Roads Now” has started to mobilising hundreds of residents from all the 18 constituencies in the region to embark on demonstration scheduled for Sept 30th, 2019.
According to the group, most major roads in the region which were under construction during the erstwhile NDC government have been abandoned when the NPP came into office in January, 2017.
During President Akufo-Addo’s two days tour of the region in early May this year to inspect the Eastern Corridor Road, Minister of Road and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta said the road audit has been completed and there was no adverse finding on anyone. He assured that the contractor will come to site in no time.
It would be recalled that President Akufo-Addo at a durbar held in his honour at Jasikan opened the pandora box when he said he was yet to see the so-called “unprecedented infrastructural projects” touted by his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama.
President Akufo-Addo used the occasion to assure the people of the Oti/Volta region that work on the 54-kilometre Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu stretch of the Eastern Corridor Road will commence from July, 2019.
According to him, $45 million had been earmarked, under the Phase One projects of the $2 billion Government of Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Agreement, for the construction of the Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu road.
The agitated group, strategising to hit the streets, is countering that “when the President went to inspect the Eastern Corridor Roads, the Road Minister said works will start in two weeks on the road but over several months now nothing has been done to the roads.”
“Fix All Abandoned Roads Now” posited “…they abandoned the roads leaving the portions under construction to spoil and this has increased the cost of construction of the road.”
The group urged the government to bring the contractors to site to continue work.