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Regional News Sun, 23 Jun 2019

Tarkwa-Nsuaem residents to stage another demo over bad roads

Some residents of Tarkwa-Nsuem are expected to protest on Monday over the poor state of their roads.

The planned protest is in defiance of an alleged restraining court order secured by the Police.

In April 2019, the group embarked on a 12-hour demonstration which turned violent as they blocked the Tarkwa to Takoradi road.

Convener of the Concerned Citizens of Tarkwa-Nsueam, Kofi Yeboah, told Citi News they are ready to face the consequences of their breach of the restraining order.

“We are saying that the contractor is on site but the road is not motorable. Is it not amazing that when the road has deteriorated most, the contractor is not doing anything?…The demonstration will come off.”

Residents have in the past complained that not enough revenue from the major economic activity in the area is channelled into infrastructure.

The Tarkwa Nsuaem area is one of the leading producers of gold in Ghana.

Heavy-duty vehicles transporting cocoa, bauxite and Manganese for export to the Takoradi Harbor also use the road, putting a lot of pressure on the stretch.

In September 2018, some Tarkwa chiefs led residents to block roads in a protest, bringing economic activities in the area to a halt.

Source: citinewsroom.com
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