Hundreds of irate residents of New Takoradi Tuesday morning blocked the only road leading into their community. According to them their action is borne out of countless failed assurances to rehabilitate the road. For years commuters have complained about how deplorable the road from the Paa Grant Roundabout to New Takoradi has become.
The road has developed deep gullies from stretch to stretch. The dust that the road emits is unimaginable. Operations of a health center close by have been severely affected as dust from the road has engulfed the place. Nurses complain they are unable to perform any major clinical activity. The state of the road was among reasons why an abattoir close by was relocated due to health implications. Cases of airborne diseases are on the rise at New Takoradi.
Information from the Urban Roads department of STMA suggest that the road will be rehabilitated during the second phase of the Takoradi Port expansion. During the political campaign launch of NDC parliamentary candidate for Takoradi Alfred Ekow Gyan, then deputy Minister of Roads and Highways Isaac Adjei Mensah promised the road will be fixed in two weeks’ time. Obviously, this statement has turned out to be a political rhetoric. The residents of New Takoradi have had enough.
Hundreds of them on Tuesday barricaded their road burning tyres amidst chants that they are fed up. Scores of police men and personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service rushed to the scene to bring the situation under control. Takoradi District Police Commander DSP Ofori Donkoh told journalists the demonstrators failed to notify the police. Samuel Kobina Jnr. assembly member for Poase Upper New Town insisted the community have been taken for granted for far too long.
In a telephone interview Head of Marketing and Public Relations of the Takoradi Port Peter Amo Bediako indicated they are already preparing to work on the road. He failed to mention when work will commenced.