The Concerned Citizens of Tarkwa-Nsuaem are about to hit the streets of the municipality again with a massive demonstration against government for withholding their share of national development regarding road construction.
They have engaged the media at a press conference raising vital concerns that needs to be addressed by authorities on the 4 kilometer Wassa Agona to Tamso junction road.
It can be recalled that on the 10th of April this year, these aggrieved residents embarked on a demonstration which blocked haulage trucks and other commercial vehicles that ply on the Tarkwa-Nsuaem.
According to the Concerned Citizens, about 760 trucks ply the Tarkwa-Nsuaem road for haulage purposes including cocoa beans, timber and other mining Machinery.
The 4 kilometer stretch is said to be among the daily vital usage roads in Ghana by serving as a route for a bauxite company at Awaso and the Ghana Manganese Company at Nsuta to haul its products to the Takoradi Harbour for export.
Also addressing the media, the secretary to the Concerned Citizens of Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Samuel Kwasi Asare, stated that their research indicates that about 58,022 citizens in the municipality were diagnosed with Respiratory Tract Infection Diseases last year as a matter of dust pollution while countless number of shops and businesses remain closed as a result of the dust.
“We are disappointed by authorities to the extent that … they told us that demonstrations does not construct roads”, Samuel K. Asare emphasized.
The Concerned Citizens of Tarkwa-Nsuaem have therefore rekindled their two weeks ultimatum to the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly and the government of Ghana to resurface the 4 kilometers road stretch from Wassa Agona to Tamso junction.
The aggrieved Concerned Citizens have vowed to demonstrate with a renewed strength from ten (10) communities within the municipality against the authorities on 20th May 2019 if nothing is heard from government.
By: Benjamin Bray
Joe Bright Nyarko
Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.