President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s much-publicized tour of the Upper East Region hit a snag Wednesday when angry residents welcomed him to the region with demonstrations.
The President’s convoy drove into the region amidst scenes of angry inhabitants protesting against the abysmal performance of his NPP government.
The demonstrators who accused President Akufo-Addo of neglecting the people of the region held placards with various inscriptions including ‘kick the thieves out’, reduce fuel price as you promised’, ‘almost 3 years but no show’ and ‘Fix the Bawku-Bolga road now’ among many others.
The aggrieved demonstrators, in their hundreds, accused the President of neglect and betrayal of the good people of the region and that his visit in the region only speaks to the fact that he is looking for vote and not the wealth and prosperity of the people.
According to them, government of the NPP was voted into power based on promises made to the good people of this country, which the administration has since failed to fulfill.
The youth lamented that the stalled construction of the Bolga-Bawku-Pulimakom road has cut off seven districts from the regional capital Bolgatanga, due to the deplorable state of the road.
The demonstrators demanded why the NPP government stopped the contractor after John Mahama had cut sod and construction had begun.
“Is it because the contractors are Quiroz Galvao and Mawums or is it because the contracts were awarded by John Mahama? What was the basis for that needless suspension of the roadworks,” leaders of the demonstration demanded?
The 116km road network from Bolga to Pulimakom was awarded to Brazilian company, Quiroz Galvao and one resident contractor, Mawums to construct that stretch of the road within a period of three years but has since been abandoned after the change of government.
The current state of the road has reportedly claimed lots of lives and property through accidents and armed robbery.
Many have developed dust-related diseases especially those who frequently ply the road.
The 45-minute journey from Bawku-Bolga now takes about three hours due to the bad nature of the road.
The youth called on the President to call back the contractors to site to get the road fixed immediately.