From Samuel Agbewode, Ho
A Coalition of Transport Associations, Vehicle Owners and Civic Society Groups in the middle and northern parts of the Volta region have petitioned the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, through the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, to pay attention to the construction of the Eastern Corridor road, which is currently in a deplorable condition.
The Coalition explained that the most deplorable sections of the road are Peki-Kpeve, Hohoe-Jasikan-Kadjebi, Dambai-Nkwanta-Damanko, which cover twelve municipal and district assemblies.
According to them, as a result of the poor road network, vehicle owners are no longer willing to put their vehicles on the roads.
The Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Mathew Agble, said the Coalition acknowledged the fact that the condition of the road was not the best before the current government took over the administration of the country.
He nevertheless pleaded with the President to consider the danger and hardship the people in the northern and middle parts of the region are going through and ensure that the construction of the road be speeded up.
According to Mr. Agble, the Coalition has decided to petition the President, after many assurances were given to them that the Eastern Corridor Road would be constructed and completed within time.
The President, he argued, also promised that he would continue with the construction of the roads.
Chairman Agble, however, regretted that contrary to the promise by the government, construction of the road has been halted, a development that had virtually created a lot of inconveniences for all categories of people using the road.
He claimed that vehicles owners, particularly commercial buses, cars and trucks have been thrown out of business due to the poor nature of the road, thereby, making life more difficult for the people in the transport and other businesses.
The situation, he continued, has even been exacerbated by the constant reports of armed robbery on the road, due to its poor nature.
Mr. Agble further told the regional Minister that the situation gets worst whenever it rains, as commuters have to get down from their vehicles and walk long distances before joining the same vehicle or another, in case the first vehicle gets stuck in the mud.
According to the Chairman of the Coalition, if nothing is done to construct the road, it would affect the local and national economy; because the Eastern Corridor Road serves as the main road through which timber products, cocoa and food stuffs are transported to market centers in the urban areas.
He, therefore, appealed to the President to take immediate action without further delay, before the rains set in.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, who received the petition on behalf of the President noted that the Coalition has a genuine case and that the government was aware of the problems associated with the eastern corridor road.
He assured the Coalition that contractors on the project have been asked to go back to site within fourteen days.
The Volta Regional Engineer of the Ghana Highway Authority, Philip Agbeti, also assured the Coalition that the three contractors working on the eastern corridor road would soon be seen working on the road, saying some of the contractors have started conveying earth moving equipment to the sites.