Tension seems to be mounting at Asuoyeboah in the Kwadaso municipality of the Ashanti region as aggrieved residents have threatened to block the Sofoline-Abuakwa highway in protest against the constant killings of residents by drivers on the road.
The agitation comes days after a 65-year old woman was knocked down and killed by a car at Asuyeboah market junction, according to the residents, is the 120th incident recorded on the Sofoline-Abuakwa highway in just two years and five months.
Speaking to OTEC News’ reporter, Kwame Agyenim Boateng on Tuesday August 6, 2019 on OTEC FM’s ‘Asanteman Akwan’ hosted by Captain Koda, the residents said lack of traffic lights and road signs on the highway make pedestrians difficult to access the road, especially when crossing, which have left them living in fears.
They alleged that “several complaints have been made to the MCE of Kwadaso municipality, Hon. Agyenim Boateng Richmond, Ashanti Regional Police Command and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, but they have turned deaf ears to our plights as people continue to die”.
“By the end of August this year, if nothing is done about it, we will mount a demonstration by blocking the highway and make sure the impact becomes unbearable to motorists. We will not sit down unconcern for our people to die here, while the authorities in charge live happily and unconcern,” they threatened.
The Asuoyeboah highway forms part of the 11km road stretching from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Bantama to Abuakwa in the Atwima South Nwabiagya District.
The $73m road project was awarded to a Chinese company, China Geo Construction Limited in 2007 by the erstwhile President John Agyekum Kufuor’s government but yet to be completed after 12 years.