Protest erupts over terrible Hohoe roads
Demonstrators in the Volta Region have set tyres ablaze and vandalized other properties in protest against the poor state of roads in the local town of Hohoe.
One of the drivers who joined the demonstration told Joy News that “the potholes on the roads are always damaging our cars and our pleas have fallen on deaf ears.”
“Our politicians keep lying to us about when these roads will be fixed. we keep buying parts for the cars and we wonder when the roads will be fixed,” said taxi driver Ismaila Ibrahim.
Charles Akpalu, a resident said, “the cars in the station are not working and no taxi is moving, all roads leading to the Hohoe Municipality have been blocked.”
He said that commuters travelling outside the municipality Friday will have to travel Saturday or by other means because, no vehicle is willing to drive on the road today.
Another passenger said “some of us sat in the cars for a while and we were told the drivers will not work and till now they have refused to work.”
The police in the area are yet to comment on the issue.
Residence in Nsuta in the Western region started demonstrating on Friday November 61, after a mineral-carrying truck killed a teenager Thursday.
Angry residents set used tyres ablaze as the death has become a rallying flag to demonstrate over poor roads in the mineral-rich town south of the region.
There is intense pressure on government to improve the country’s infrastructure. The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has announced, government is going to invest about $2.5billion in roads, hospitals, schools as captured in the 2019 budget.