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23.05.2007 General News

Asunafo citizens to Govt: Tar our road or...

By Peter Abban

The people in Asunafo in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region still insist that they will not allow the New Patriotic Party to launch its campaign in the area in 2008 until they see a contractor working on the 15 kilometer road linking the town from Abomosu junction to Jejeti.

They told newsmen here on Friday that even though the head Engineer at the Feeder Roads Department in Accra has assured them of Government's preparedness to tar the road this year, they would believe it when they see it.

Speaking to newsmen in presence of the MP for the area and Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment, Charles Brempong Yeboah, the Ankobeahene of Asunafo Bafour Siaw Anwafo said two weeks ago the MP led a five member delegation from Asunafo to meet the Feeder Roads Engineer, who assured them that the road would be awarded on contract by May 15, 2007. However, the date passed without any contract being awarded.

It would be recalled that the MP was banished from the town almost a month ago when the irate youth in the town expressed their anger over the deteriorating nature of the road, shouting "no road no votes."

They had then blocked the road on the outskirt of the town to prevent him from using it to join the Abomosu-Anyinam road. Some chiefs in the town had to intervene before the MP was allowed to leave.

The youth also warned the party not to launch its 2008 election campaign in the area if it failed to fulfil the promises it made in 2000 and 2004 to rehabilitate their road.

Dr Brempong-Yeboah was in the town as part of his tour of the Atiwa district to brief the people on the business of Parliament in the first quarter of the year as demanded by the Constitution.