20 November 2012

Ghana: Chiefs Gripe Over State of Atebubu-Kwame Danso Road

CHIEFS FROM Sene West district in the Brong Ahafo have raised serious concerns over the bad nature of the only road which links both Sene West and East to the rest of the Country.

They have called for government intervention to fix the road without any further delay.

The Paramount Chief of Wiase Traditional area, Nana Adu Atta Ababio II, who spoke on behalf of all stakeholders at a Workshop on the "state of the road, its effects and way forward" -organized by Sene West GPRTU, complained that almost two years (April 2011) after the late President Mills cut the sod for the construction of the road within two years, nothing has been done about it.

He observed that the contract which was awarded to GHANEM construction firm for work to start from Atebubu to the boundary of Atebubu and Sene has been abandoned. Nana Adu Atta Ababio II, who presided over the forum questioned the District Assembly why the contract has stalled.

The stakeholders noted that when the President decided to visit the area last week , the contractor mobilized equipment to site only to take them away when the visit was aborted because of the Achimota Melcom disaster.

As a result, the stakeholders believe the road is being used for political propaganda and agreed that the chiefs should draw the attention of the President to their concerns when he (President) visits the area on his campaign tour of the area or they advise themselves.

The chairman of the GPRTU, Mr. Yusif Dandi said the nature of the road has been a source of worry to the people because since 1992 no government has made efforts to tar it.

Mr. Elijah Frimpong, Deputy District Coordinating Director's explanation that the rainfall pattern had compelled the contractor to abandon the contract did not go well with the stakeholders who said their investigations have established that the problem is purely financial constraints on the part of the government.

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