Residents and commercial drivers of Kasoa, Nyanyano in the Gomoa East district embarked on a 5 hour demonstration at the Millenium City Junction , protesting against the poor nature of roads in their community.
The protesters were made up of taxi drivers, mini bus (trotro) drivers and some residents, who use the road daily. The demonstration took place about this time last week.
Marching through the town amidst chanting “war-like” songs, they burnt tyres on earmarked spots on the road thus cutting off vehicular traffic.
According to them, they felt alienated from the Ghanaian society and they vented their anger and frustration on the government.
The protesters had written some of their frustrations on placards, which read “we are part of Ghana, why neglect us, Fix our roads now, and “stop using our money for birthday parties”.
The demonstraters claimed contractors have been winning the sand on the roads and have failed to complete the project for more than two years since work started.
They complained about the the impact the untarred roads have on their health and vehicles, which is causing them to lose money.
According to the drivers when it rains, the roads develop potholes and become too muddy to ply on.
Residents and those who man their businesses along the said they buy tanks of water and sprinkle it on the road during the lean season because of the choking dust.
They equally expressed dissatisfaction in their Member of Parliament (MP), Kojo Asemanyi
and local authorities for failing to fix their deplorable roads.
They have, however given a two week ultimatum for government and concerned authorities to address the issue as they finally presented a petition to Mr. Solomon Darko Quarm the District Chief Executive of the district.
Ghana Institute of Journalism