Politics of roads; what gov’t, opposition, residents say about roads

General News of Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2016-08-17

Ashaima RoadFile photo

With three months and three weeks for Ghanaians to cast their vote on December 7, the nature of roads in the country is dominating discussions.

The discourse has been led by government, opposition leaders alike and has been rancorous at times with residents hitting the road, demonstrating for better roads.

One thing remain that there is a divided opinion regarding the true state of Ghana’s roads.

Whereas government believes its record on road projects is impeccable, the opposition political parties, especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP), sees the claim as a sham.

At a campaign tour of the Western Region, President John Mahama accused the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of sleeping on his five-day tour of the region which was the reason he did not see some projects undertaken by government.

NPP hit back at the President Wednesday during a news conference addressed by the party’s acting General Secretary, John Boadu, who said Mr Mahama might not be in touch with the reality on the ground.

According to him, the people in Western Region themselves confessed that their roads were in deplorable state and wondered if the residents were also sleeping.

John Boadu said the state of the roads has had adverse effects on the socio-economic lives of the people.

On Wednesday, residents of Ho also demonstrated over what they said were the neglect of government to fix the major roads in the Volta Region.

Men and women clad in red attires and wielding placards bearing the inscription “No road, no vote”, and “Where are the roads?” etc flooded the principal streets of the Volta Regional capital of Ho.

One resident who spoke to Joy News’ Ivy Sertodjie said they have been hanging on promises made by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), but could no longer stand the neglect there are going through.

“It is not long ago we have been begging the government to fix the road for us but they refused. We are tired of it. If they don’t fix it come December 2016 they will see what we will do,” he continued.

Another also added that “Kponeo, Takla and Kodzo are major roads in the Ho municipality. We have been neglected in the whole municipality and this is where foodstuff are supplied to all parts of the region.”

“We the youth have taken a step to come to the street to agitate since they have neglected us. Come December 7 we will not also partake in the election,” he added.

The Mpohor chief in the Western Region has itemized some areas in the region which have bad roads, eliciting a respond from the President who has assured them his government will fix the rest of the roads when given a second term.

He pointed to an ultra-modern administrative block the government has constructed for the Wassa area to demonstrate some of his works.

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