Traditional authorities at the Tarkwa Apinto Divisional Council in the western region in the early hours of Wednesday led a demonstration in Tarkwa to drum home the call for government to fix the road in Tarkwa specially the Tarkwa – Takoradi highway which is currently in a deplorable state.
It will be recalled that seven pupils from the Learners Bridge School in Dompim last week lost their lives through road accident which left several other injured on the same Tarkwa – Takoradi Road.
This, among other teething factors we understand led to the chiefs in the Apinto Divisional Council leading their people to present a petition to the president through the Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa Gilbert Asmah.
Some of the traditional authorities sighted on the demonstration grounds this morning including; Chief of Pepesa Nana Kwaku Nkrumah IV, Chief of Subri Nana Kwabena Amponsah II, Tufohene Dompim Pepesa Nana Awua Okompong VIII, and Apinto Gyasehen, Nana Adarkwa Yiadom II were all clad in red and black regalia, and bands around their wrist and forehead.
The youth were also seen chanting war songs in solidarity to the chiefs’ protest.
Speaking to Bro. NAT the host of “Adekye Mu Nsem” on Spice 91.9 FM this morning, Nana Adarkwa Yiadom II who is the Gyasehen of Apinto, mentioned that this is a short message they intend to send to the president concerning the deal in the construction of the Tarkwa – Takoradi highway which is currently in a deplorable state.
He laments the traditional council and the people of Tarkwa and it environs will resort to another but a more aggressive demonstration should the government fail to respond positively to their demands in two weeks.
The construction of the section of the Tarkwa-Takoradi highway which has sparked agitation from the chiefs begun in 2013 and is being undertaken by Asabea Engineering Works Limited.
Three years down the lane, the contractor had constructed storm drains and mini drains along the road, and reinforced the base with rocks and clay to avert the perennial floods that occur mostly along the AngloGold gulf pitch in Tarkwa.
Kojo Ennimil Arthur | Spicefmonline.com | Ghana