Leadership of Suame artisans apologizes to Majority Leader

Messrs Oppong and Adu-Kofi addressing the media

The leadership of Suame Magazine Artisans has rendered an unqualified apology to Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame Constituency in the Ashanti Region and Majority Leader in Parliament, for last week’s unfortunate incident during which some youth of the Suame Magazine enclave pelted the MP with sachet water.

Mr. Anthony Oppong and Godfred Adu-Kofi, Chairmen for Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA) and Spare Parts Dealers Association respectively, refuted rumours doing the rounds in the city that the leadership orchestrated the incident.

They have, therefore, rendered an unqualified apology to Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the people of Suame, and Ghanaians in general, and commended the Ghana Police Service for the timely intervention that saved the situation.

According to the leadership, what happened last Thursday, July 14th, and on Monday 18th, 2022, was an act of spontaneity by a group of people, and that the leadership of Garages, Spare Parts Leaders Association, Mechanicals Association, and Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO) had no hand in the unfortunate incident.

They expressed the view that frustrated as they were concerned about the poor road network which had hazardous health implications, they believed that the hooting and pelting of water certainly was unrepresentative of the genuine people of Suame Magazine.

Mr. Oppong, GUTA Chairman, said the leadership took full responsibility for what happened and condemned the action of the youth.

Meanwhile, the contractor has started the rehabilitation of the stretch of road in earnest, in fulfillment of the  Suame MP’s promise last week that the contractor would be on site to commence the asphalt overlay shortly, having secured asphalt which was in short supply from la Cote d’Ivoire.

The rehabilitation entailing patches on the Suame main road preceding the construction of the proposed Suame Interchange, which could commence in September with a Spanish loan facility.

The 2-Phase Suame Interchange project comprises a 4-tier interchange with ancillary works. The first Phase is estimated to cost €140 million. This is the total cost for the commercial agreement, and does not include the financing cost.

The Phase 2 also comprises the construction of approach roads and inner roads within Magazine and Suame, and is also estimated to cost $47 million. The Phase 2 is going to be financed from the $750 million syndicated loan facility.


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