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‘We Thank Akufo-Addo for His 419’ – Tarkwa Nsuaem Residents Lament Deplorable Road



Residents of Tarkwa Nsuaem in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality have expressed their disappointment in President Akufo-Addo for the failure of the government to construct decent and motorable roads for them.

According to the aggrieved residents including some unhappy road users, the situation affects their daily routines; amidst the grave economical challenges it poses for them.

Speaking to JoyNews’ Samuel Kojo Brace, who travelled to assess the state of roads in the area, the indigenes explained that the road connecting Takoradi to Tarkwa has been left in tatters, despite promises from government to make it more user friendly.

The residents say since 2021 when the sod was cut for the renovation of the stretch, there has not been any work on the road; leaving the manholes and gullies to continue to pose an inconvenience to commuters.

“We heard from Akufo-Addo last year that this year is a year for roads. We heard that rhetoric across many TV and radio platforms. The company that came to amend the road just did a passive job. You can confirm from the drivers.

Cars fall off the road just like that anytime. And so for Akufo-Addo we thank him for his 419 to us. God be with him. Sometimes I even wonder if the Western Region is part or Ghana. Akufo-Addo hasn’t been good to us. God be with him”, a concerned road user fumed.

Another aggrieved driver who spoke to Samuel Kojo Brace said, “as drivers who ply this Tarkwa stretch, we go through a lot of difficulties. When you fix the car, it doesn’t even last for a week. Look at the road we’re plying. They say ‘the best is from the West’. But now it’s ‘the poor from the West’.

If you ply our road, you’ll observe that we are way behind. As for those of us here at Tarkwa Nsuaem, it appears we are not part of the country. If you look at some of the resources from our enclave such as bauxite, timber, gold and cocoa, you wonder why they don’t attend to us here at the West”.

He continued: “And as for we the drivers, our case is worse. When you buy petrol today and use the stretch, within a short time, everything gets finished. Sometimes during our work, we get stuck in the middle of the road.

When it rains, you don’t even know where to pass. This very place we’re standing looks like a fish pond. Such that it will even be possible to rear fish in it. We the drivers are affected. So we plead with government to come to our aid since we’re behind”.

“They’ve come to measure the roads. What they told us is, they’re constructing an international road to Burkina Faso. They even did some work at the side and side of the road just few months ago, but we’ve never seen anything again”, another resident lamented.

Source: myjoyonline

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