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16.02.2010 Regional News

Atimatim residents protest against bad road network

By Frank Mensah Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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RESIDENTS OF Atimatim and nearby communities, including Maase, Besease and Ampabame near Nkukua Buoho, have protested against the bad nature of the road network in the area.

Backed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Operation Save the Suffering Masses, and the Assembly Member, Akwasi Abeyie, the residents registered their protest with a demonstration through the streets of the communities, from Atimatim Junction through to Buoho.

Some of the placards read: “Atimatim people are dying of dust and air pollution”; “Bad road not credible transportation system;” and “Atimatim is part of Ghana, save it from dust.”

The spokesperson to the group, who is also the Chief of Besease, Nana Kwasi Kwarteng, indicated that the main road from Pankrono Junction, through the various communities, has remained un-tarred for years.

According to him, efforts to draw the attention of governments, past and present, have not yielded the required result, an indication that the area had been neglected.

He said even though the government had been petitioned through the Ministry of Roads and Highways, nothing had come out of it.

He said the seeming neglect of the road had resulted in high transportation fares, due to its deplorable state, which also goes to affect productivity, because workers who commute that route get to work late, as most of the drivers refuse to ply the road.

Nana Kwarteng appealed to the Mills government to help tar the road to relieve the residents of this hardship.

The Assembly Member, Akwasi Abeyie, called on the government to pay attention to Atimatim roads without any further delay.

He also appealed to the Member of Parliament to help save the situation.

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