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General News of Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Assembly man threatens to unleash terror on highway workers

The Assemblyman for Atimpoku electoral area, Nana Yaw Ampem-Darko is threatening to visit mayhem on workers of the Ghana Highway Authority for undermining the role of the Asuogyaman District Assembly.

According to him, notice of maintenance is never served the Assembly whenever the officials from the Authority are in the area to carry out work on the Adomi Bridge, which he calls worrying.

Nana Yaw Ampem-Darko explained to Onua FM Morning Show host Bright Kwesi Asempa that just last week some officials at the Highway Authority were in the area but the Assembly was not informed as custodian of the bridge, a situation he said inconveniences both users of the bridge and the Assembly.

“We are the ones they people accuse of not giving any notice of maintenance work, so I don’t know why the Highway Department cannot give simple notice.
This has been happening for sometime now and we are calling on the Minister for Roads and Highways to intervene before we take the laws into our hands.” The assemblyman said he was awaken today, Wednesday morning, by incessant calls from angry motorists complaining about the closure of the bridge.

Alarmed by the complaints of long queues at both ends of the Adomi Bridge, he said, he rushed to the scene to ascertain what was going on, only to be told in the face by the leader of the team from the Authority that “the directive is above your office”.

Infuriated by the response, the Assemblyman said he did not also minced words telling them what will happen if this action is repeated. “Next time they are on the bridge without any prior notice, those officials will be considered as imposters and we will deal with them, we want the whole world to know.”

Nana Yaw Ampem-Darko explained, “It is not as if we are against maintenance of the bridge or any property that belongs to the state but all we want is information flow so that we can also put the notice out early to avoid any inconveniences.”

He said he was also taken aback by claims by the officials at the site that they are ‘autonomous’ and therefore can do what they like. “If they don’t take time we will crash them on the bridge, they cannot come and throw their weight about.

Every little maintenance work, they have to come from Accra to do it and even that one we have to complain several times, we want the Minister to act before we do something,” he demanded.