It would be recalled that in June 2022, the youth of the Builsa area took to the streets to demand the immediate fixing of the roads in the area.
When the Lead Convener of the group, John Apaabey spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show at the time, he explained that some 8 persons had lost their lives due to the bad nature of the roads within the Fumbisi area; a situation that is undesirable.
After the demonstration, the contractor scheduled to work on the said roads returned to the site and began work.
However, weeks after work resumed on the road, the CEO of the construction company, MyTurn, Kenneth Anewenah, died. As such, work on the road stalled.
As work stalled, the Lead Convener of the movement to demand the fixing of the road, and the Presiding Member for the Builsa South District Assembly, John Apaabey expressed some concerns about the development.
He argued that customs and norms within the traditional setting should not be mixed with official duties expected to be executed by individuals and companies.
He made this claim in response to the suspension of the Chuchuliga-Sandema-Wiega Fumbisi road construction project as a result of the passing of the MD of MyTurn Construction Limited.
“I was arguing that we need to as Ghanaians look at it. We don’t have to combine or mix culture with official duties. So, I questioned that if My Turn was a banking institution would the bank be closed because the owner is dead?”
“It was a question no one could offer an answer to. I still want to call on the government and all the stakeholders and all the powers that they have to look at it. We have just 2 years to hit the next election. Let’s not wait until we have 6 months to election and we will be coming back to do these gimmicks, it will not help.”
Giving an update on the situation today, Mr. Apaabey explained that not much has changed.
“Nothing has happened. It hasn’t changed. We started the campaign very well. We were supported by almost everyone; Builsa North and Builsa South. The contractor returned to the road. He started steadily, and eventually, he passed and it was paused. We made some follow-ups. In a meeting that I was privileged to be part of, the Upper East Region Highways Director said a family member is taking over [the construction company] and then giving him [the late CEO of MyTurn Construction Co.] a befitting burial and return. After the burial, it is possible that maybe, the turbulence of the economy has also affected them, but we are holding on. Maybe by the close of the first quarter, if nothing is done, we would get back calling on the government to help,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana