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General News of Friday, 3 May 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Dawhenya residents burn tyres to protest bad road

Residents in Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region have given the government 14 days to fix the deplorable nature of the link road from Dawhenya to Afienya or face their wrath.

Today, Friday, scores of them took to the streets to protest the poor nature of that stretch which they say is taking a toll on their health and collapsing many businesses.

The residents burnt tyres and even blocked the road with a container as part of their protest.

They decried the neglect and broken promises successive governments and legislators had made to them over the past few decades.

“The road has been in a bad condition for about 27 years now. Presidents come to give us promises but they never fulfil it. Even our MPs who are here come to promise us so many times but they never fulfil it.”

“Our health is more important… the road is really killing us. The dust on the road has been killing us,” one resident said to Citi News.

John Charway, leader of the Ningo Prampram Youth for Development conveyed the resident’s ultimatum to the government.

“We are giving the government of Ghana and the various stakeholders 14 days to respond to our call…We just want to do this to send a strong signal to the government of the day.”

“We’ll be forced to meet again, advise ourselves and take further action against the state because it looks like they are not respecting us enough,” he added.

The Member of Parliament for the area Samuel Nartey George backed the protests and blamed the government for the delay in fixing the road.

He further threatened to join his constituents to demonstrate again if their concerns are not addressed.

“We are fed up with the excuses. People are dying. People are dying on that road from dust inhalation. People are losing their livelihood. Businesses that were on that stretch were all folding up…Enough of the rhetoric. We need to see action. If we don’t hear from them in 14 days, we will escalate the action that we are taking.”