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General News Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Mahama abandons Mills' project

The 31-kilometre Atebubu-Kwame Danso road has been abandoned three years after the late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills cut a sod for the construction of the GHc32.5 million road which was supposed to be a single-seal bituminous surface dressing, and single-dash carriage two-way road which was awarded to Wa-based Contractor A and C.

The contract was later re-awarded to Ghanem Construction Firm after A and C failed to live up to expectation, but nothing meaningful has been done on the road since then.

A resident of Kwame Danso, Charles Denteh, in an interview with The Independent, said he was angry at the way the residents of the Sene East and West Districts were being treated.

“The politicians think we are illiterates and fools, so they can treat us any how they like. When the election was approaching last year, the Ghanem contractor came on the road to do something just to win votes for the government, but immediately after the elections, he left, and since then he has not come back.’’

"You traveled on the road, so you saw it. Are we not human beings to be treated this way? Are we not part of Ghana? These two districts are the food baskets of the Brong-Ahafo Region. Look at our roads. Farmers cannot market their produce after cultivating,” he revealed.

The stretch of road between Atebubu-Kwame Danso has recorded close to five armed robbery incidents in recent time. Because that portion of the road is very bad, the armed robbers have taken advantage of the situation to rob passengers. The situation has put fear in people, especially businessmen and women who travel on that stretch of the road to transact their business.

Mary Kunde, a businessperson based in Atebubu, says she is always in the state of fear when she is traveling to Kumasi to buy goods.

“I am always in fear because of the armed robbery cases on the road. The construction of the road started about three years ago. I quiet remember the late President Prof John Atta Mills did the sod cutting. After that nothing meaningful has been done on the road,” she recounted.

Source: The Independent