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Upper East Residents fume over abandoned Bolga-Bawku road

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Some commuters and drivers plying the Bolga-Bawku- Pulmakom road in the Upper East Region are appealing to the government to expedite action in completing the road in the shortest possible time.

According to them travelers on the road encounter armed robbery incidents and accidents leading to deaths.

Commercial and private vehicle owners say they record constant breakdown of their vehicles due to the bad nature of the road.

The road users who spoke to newsmen over the weekend in an angry mood said they are fed-up with fruitless promises to complete construction of the road. 

They therefore threatened to boycott the 2020 elections or change their voting pattern if government fails to complete the road as soon as possible.

“Every year, we vote for both NDC and NPP but when they come, they don’t do anything for us. And all the MPs from this area are doing nothing to help us. We are suffering on this road and we are begging on government to do something about it”, Augustina Amoah lamented.

Another road user bemoaned saying “if this government has taken us for granted, we the people of Bawku, Zebilla and Bolga will stand on our feet to make sure that this road is fix, if not, this government will not go again. I am not speaking on behalf of any of the political party”.

The Bolga-Bawku-Pulmakom road was awarded in 2016 at a sum of Ghc 612 million under the erstwhile John Mahama administration.

Unfortunately, two contractors, Queiro Galvao, a Brazilian contractor and a Ghanaian counterpart, Mawums Construction Limited have since parked out of site due to government’s failure to make payments to the two firms.

The abandoned commercial road recently generated a social media campaign for it to be fixed as soon as possible.

A non-partisan youth group, Narrative Changers which started the campaign says they will have no option than to embark on a massive demonstration if government does not listen to the plight commuters of the people and fix the road.

“At the moment, we want to appeal to government to fix the road but if we exhaust all the opportunities that we have, the next thing is for us to hit the streets”, Secretary of Narrative Changers, Leornard Sampana Zoot indicated.

The group which embarked on a visit of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road believes residents of the region have been deceived by past and present government in completing construction works on the road.

Narrative Changers

“It came as a great relief that the Vice President said the work would have started in July. July is almost ended and we are not seeing anything. Apart from even the Vice President, there have been several governments that have made several promises on this road and yet we haven’t heard anything. I think this time around, we have to get up as a people and also fight for what belongs to us”, they declared.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah

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