Aggrieved residents of Apire in the Kwadaso Constituency of the Ashanti Region have staged a demonstration to protest bad roads in their community.
The deplorable road network which links Ampatia, Darko, Hemang, Santasi and other communities, has become a major cause of rampant road crashes.
The angry demonstrators, numbering about 1,000 have threatened to boycott the upcoming elections should the government fail to construct the road.
The demonstrators stormed principal streets from Apire to Darko and communities chatting ‘No road no vote.’
According to them, the communities have not seen any improvement on the road that connects them to other communities despite all the assurances by the previous and current governments.
“Robbery and accident cases have increased due to the poor nature of our roads. When it rains, we have to walk from Apire and other communities to Santasi before we can get a car to our various workplaces,” one of the residents said.
Another added: “Our situation is very disheartening. We are tired of promises. Our roads must be fixed else we won’t take part in the coming 2020 general elections. We won’t allow ourselves to be taken for granted.”
Assembly Member for Heman, Ampatia and Darko, James Sarfo said the road which was awarded to contract has been abandoned for several years.
“We are not doing politics but the right thing must be done. The contractor left the site without telling us anything. The road has moved from potholes to manholes. We need development now else we will not vote in this coming general elections”.
All the assembly members in over five (5) communities in 3 constituencies such as Kwadaso, Atwima Kwanwoma and Nhyiaeso constituency joined the demonstration.