Jasikan in high spirits ahead of commencement of road project

By Edward Williams, GNA    

Jasikan (O/R), Nov. 18, GNA – Residents,
especially traders and drivers in Jasikan, in the Oti Region have expressed
high hopes ahead of the commencement of work on the Jasikan to Dodi Pepesu
stretch of the Eastern Corridor road.

They anticipated the growth of their
businesses, comfort in travelling and reduction in expenses on car maintenance
and purchase of car spare parts when the construction of the road is done.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
ahead of the cutting of sod by the Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Baeumia on
Tuesday, November, 19th 2019, for commencement of work on the stretch, Mr.
Edward Apreku, Jasikan Ghana Private Road Transport Union Station Master, said
the only problem that was worrying drivers was the poor nature of the road.

He said the poor state of the road had led
to the increase in fares and it had forced drivers to use long routes to avoid
the unmotorable short routes, adding that the Union was likely to reduce fares
once the road was constructed.

Mr Apreku called on government to put in
measures to ensure that the contractor remained on the road after the official
breaking of grounds.

Mr Ayuba Issaka, a driver on the Jasikan to
Kadjebi road, said the poor nature of the road had increased the cost of

Madam Fati Zakari, a trader, said most
drivers had diverted routes due to the poor nature of the road and this had led
to decreased in her sales and also lamented the difficulty in getting their
goods transported.

She said the construction of the road would
enable her and other traders to get their goods patronized, since passengers
and drivers would come back on the road.

The Government, through the Ministry of
Roads and Highways and the Ghana Highway Authority are scheduled to perform a
groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work.

GNA spotted an Nkwanta to Ho bound Metro
Mass Transit Limited bus with registration number AS 5662 Z stuck in the mud on

The passengers, visibly tired and frustrated
by the situation refused to talk to the GNA on their views on the commencement
of work on the road.