Hundreds of residents in the Kwadaso and Atwima Nwiabiagy municipality and its surrounding areas have besieged the road that links the Sofoline to Abuakw-Tanoso highway. Communities like Kwadaso, Asuyaboah, Tanoso, Abuakwa, Nkawie and its environs who ply Sofoline to Abuakwa-Tanoso road joined the demonstrators to demand their share of the national cake. They claim they have been neglected by the government as all the roads that link the Sofoline to Tanoso-Abuakwa highway are in the deplorable state.
The demonstration was led by the various transport unions in the municipality and youth groups.
Their number blocked all the access road network forcing commuters to alight to join their action.
Workers and school children have been left stranded as a result of the exercise which started around 5:30 am and ended around 12:00pm.
Some of the workers who claim to be having the keys of their shops were visibly seen crying, claiming that their failure to get to the workplace on time will result in they lose their jobs.
“No car is coming in and no car is going out. We want the government to feel the plight of the people. Look at the road we are using. Why is the government being insensitive to our need. They should fix our roads for us and they will enjoy their peace”, one of the demonstrators who only gave his name Micheal Anokye told Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame. According to them, operation fix Sofoline,Tanoso-Abuakwa road now.” Enough is enough, we have been taken for granted for far too long” has become necessary to register their displeasure because the deplorable road network in the area makes life unbearable.
Wearing red armbands and banners, the protesters marched through the streets from Abuakwa R/C Primary school to Apatrapa Junction.
The turnout was very massive. Some of the participants who spoke to Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame said they will not rest until their demands are met by government.
“I live around Sepaase and whenever it rains all activities come to a halt because no one can go out and come in. There is potholes all over the place,” a resident said.
Another resident who lives at Abuakwa Manhyia said the stalled development makes life unbearable.
“The road network in the Atwima Nwabiagya is terrible, I have a car but due to the nature of the roads, I have resorted to the use of motorbike.
“This is an opportunity for us to inform the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and Member of Parliament of our predicament,” the aggrieved resident said.
The demonstrators was supposed to present their petition to the MCE of the area, Hon Amoah Awuku but he was not around by then without any reasonable excuse.
But in a phone interview with the Ashanti regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah at Silver FM during the Omanbapa program hosted by Nana Kwabena Ampratwum, the minister stated that, it is unfortunate they did not take the pain to approach the Assembly to ask what they are doing for the region especially the Abuakwa-Tanoso road.
“Clearly, all that you are asking for are things done in the past, and we will appeal to you that in the future, it will be most appropriate to approach the Assembly first before hitting the streets,” he told Nana Ampratwum.
The leader of the group, Mr Maxwell Boamah Amofa said they were disappointed with the MCE for not been around to received their petition and have vowed not to rest until their demands are met.
“We are not happy at all, what the government is doing is not good. we voted for development but we are not seeing it.
“We will go home and sit down with our leaders to come out with what to do next,” he said.
Credit: Akwadaa Nyame(Silver FM)