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Video: Police clears protesters, fires warning shots in Adenta

Residents of Adenta have blocked the main Adenta-Madina road after a car run over a female student of the West African Senior High School, WASS, around 3:15pm on Thursday.

The angry residents blocked the road with blocks and set tyres ablaze to register their displeasure against government for failure to complete construction works on abandoned footbridges for close to ten years.

“All the government knows is passing unnecessary policies while our cherished family members perish on daily basis along this stretch. We threatened to protest on Monday but we were stopped. We will not sit here unperturbed! We will stage series of protests until government fixes this problem,” an irate eyewitness told Asempa News.

The violence spread across neighboring areas as the police fire warning shot into the air to disperse the crowd that was mainly youth.

However, the crowed continued to throw objects at the police and tried to block other alternative routes that motorists were using.

The Madina-Adentan road has been a source of numerous deaths as speeding vehicles hit crossing pedestrians who attempt getting to the other side.

The deaths reported to be over 190 led to a planned demonstration by residents demanding action from elected Assemble Members, Highway Authorities, MPs and leadership of the country.

Yaw Buaben Asamoah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Adenta speaking on the matter earlier in the week explained that the decision by residents of Madina and Adenta is a democratic right to bring to the notice of government matters that concern citizens.

He, however, cautioned the organizers to ensure the protest does not turn violent.

Background

Since January 2018, more than 118 people have died on the Adenta stretch of the highway, which has no pedestrians crossing.

The six footbridges at vantage points between the Madina-Adenta stretch started after the completion of the highway, has remained uncompleted.

The death toll on the stretch has mobilised the youth of Adenta to begin a campaign to get officials to complete the bridges.

Their appeals, however, has not yielded results, with the Ministry of Roads, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Highways, as well as the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) acknowledging the receipt of the letters by the youth, but not acting.

The highway leads to the Peduase Lodge, the presidential retreat and recreational mansion as well as Dodowa.

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