Prez Faure Gnassingbe (2nd L) chatting with
other Head of States
ACCRA WAS yesterday mired in a vehicular traffic logjam which had motorists suffering untold inconvenience.
For those coming from Teshie towards Accra they
were locked up in a long and painful wait in their vehicles, not knowing what was amiss as did others from other routes leading to Accra Central, because of an unexpected blocking of selected routes by the police for heads
and leaders of ECOWAS who were holding an emergency meeting over the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
DAILY GUIDE learnt that the police were unable to
send out announcements before blocking the roads – a situation which had vehicles spending hours instead of minutes before reaching their final destinations.
The social media were full of insults and angst with
several people voicing their concerns over the chaotic traffic logjam.
For many of such motorists and commuters, the lack
of knowledge about what was causing the unusual traffic
jam was a source of anguish and even confusion.
Eventually, word began filtering in about a meeting of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States to deliberate on the security threat posed by the Boko Haram militants.
The terrorists are currently holding over 230 school
girls in an undisclosed location in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, with presence in some countries bordering Nigeria. Cynics dubbed the unusual traffic ‘Boko Haram or ECOWAS traffic.’
Some angry motorists claimed they spent four hours
driving from Madina to the Parliament House, while others said Teshie to Nima took three hours.
In a press release, the Police Administration apologized for the inconvenience caused by the unusual blockage of roads as a result of the convergence on the nation’s capital of ECOWAS leaders.
It read: ‘The police are calling on the motoring publicto bear with us for the inconveniences that the unan nounced road blockades around the Movenpick-Ambassador Hotel in Accra has caused. The blockades were part of the security measures put in place for the ECOWAS Summit going on in the city.’
The release added that the security measures were informed by the importance of the personalities involved in the deliberation and the need to secure the meeting venue.
It went on, ‘While apologizing for the inconveniences caused, we wish to assure the general public of an improved arrangement next time.’
The heads of state have since departed for their various countries after the daylong deliberations.
BY A.R. Gomda
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