The Wassa Fiase Traditional Council, and residents of Tarkwa in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality has embarked on a massive demonstration to register their displeasure over the delay in completing works for the asphalting of the Tarkwa- Wassa Agona road on the Takoradi- Tarkwa highway.
The heated demonstration begun early this morning. Traditional authorities including; Chief of Pepesa Nana Kwaku Nkrumah IV, Chief of Subri Nana Kwabena Amponsah II, Tufohene Dompim Pepesa Nana Awua Okompong VIII, Apinto Gyasehen Nana Adarkwa Yiadom II, etc; were seen clad in red and black regalia, and bands around their wrist and forehead.
The youth were also seen chanting war songs in solidarity to the chiefs’ protest.
The construction of the road begun in 2013 and is being undertaken by Asabea Engineering Works Limited. Years down the lane, the contractor had constructed storm drains and mini drains along the road, and reinforced the base with rocks and clay to avert the perennial floods that occur mostly along the AngloGold gulf pitch in Tarkwa.
However the road gets very dusty during the harmattan, causing some nuisance to households and shops along it, and pedestrians who ply the road. Some ruts and pits have developed due to the heavy vehicular traffic on the road.
In a vehement approach to get their concerns addressed, the chiefs have issued a two weeks ultimatum to get the project completed or face their wrath.
In an exclusive interview with Co-Host of the Jolly Breakfast Show (JBS) on Skyy Power 93.5 Fm, Victor Baffour Awuah, Chief of Pepesa Nana Kwaku Nkrumah IV noted the traditional council has on several meetings with the President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa, asked to expedite works on that road project.
He said the traditional council and residents would resort to another but a more aggressive demonstration should government fail to respond positively to their demands.
Our reporter, Nana Poku says the Deputy Minister, Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, was denied right of way this morning on that road. Hon. Oteng Gyasi is said to have been in the municipality for a two day tour in mining districts in the Western Region. For close to two hours the minister had to endure the obstruction met out at her and other officials, by the protestants.
Proposal to get Road fixed
Municipal Chief Executive, Gilbert K. Asmah in an interview with the Host of the JBS, Samuel Kojo Brace, revealed that the assembly in consultation with representatives of the traditional council, had drafted a proposal to Minerals Commission, in request of funding support for the road infrastructure.
He noted the proposal is that mining companies in the enclave commit funds to construct the road. Hon. Asmah mentioned that some response is yet to be taken on their proposal.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News