Road users who ply the Eastern Corridor route are up in arms against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for reneging on their campaign pledge of fixing the roads if voted into power.
Kwasi Amoako Atta, Roads and Highways Minister, recently assured the people of Volta region that, by the end of the first term of the Akufo-Addo regime the entire stretch of the Eastern Corridor Road would have been completed.
Eastern Corridor Road is the linkage between 5 regions, i.e. Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti, Volta, and Upper East.
But it appears government is yet to fulfill that promise as report by Citi FM indicates that contractors working on that stretch have left citing financial reasons.
It is a nightmare to travel on that stretch to Northern Region as travelers spend days before being able to cross at a village called Lepusi.
The situation has forced some drivers to take two-day diversions from Bimbila through Salaga to Tamale, according to reports.
“One cannot actually pass through. The water has taken a greater portion of the road and we are appealing to government and the contractors to come to our aid to see to it that the eastern corridor road is put in proper shape for the contractors to open the road for us,” a pedestrian said.
“We have suffered enough and I wonder if we are actually Ghanaians as we have to go through this every year. I cannot understand that at this time people still suffer on roads as we do.”
“The road is a challenge to us, we are suffering and the government must provide the funds for the contractors to return to complete the road. We voted for change and we are not seeing anything different. We have the regional minister, the defense minister and several others in this government, but look at what we are going through,” another pedestrian complained to Citi FM reporters.
Consequently, the affected persons have vowed to vote the NPP out of power in the next general election.
“We are not taking this lightly out all because we are also Ghanaians and we deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We will vote NPP out in 2020,” driver who gave his name as Kojo Owusu warned.
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