Axim Youth Demonstrate Over Bad Roads

Some of the demonstrators

Some of the demonstrators

The youth of the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region staged a mammoth demonstration yesterday to register their displeasure at the deplorable nature of the roads in the municipality, especially those within the district capital, Axim.

The demonstrators also contended that lack of the requisite infrastructure in the district was making life very difficult for the people.

The youth and the members of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in the municipality therefore embarked on the demonstration yesterday to register their displeasure at these concerns.

Members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Axim also joined in the demonstration.

The situation left distressed commuters from Axim to Takoradi and other areas with no option than to walk to the Axim hospital junction to board vehicles, whilst others were compelled to cancel their trips.

The demonstrators, numbering over 500, alleged that residents in the community have been risking their lives commuting to and from Axim, particularly on the immotorable road from Nsein to Axim, to transact their daily businesses.

Mostly clad in red T-shirts and armbands, the angry youth indicated that the Nsein-Axim road was in a deplorable state, making life very difficult for the people.

The angry demonstrators marched through the principal streets of the ancient fishing community of Axim, holding placards, some of which read, ‘We Need Better Roads’, ‘Our Sea Defence Wall Is Collapsing’ and ‘Pregnant Women Are Having Miscarriages Because Of Bad Roads’, among others.

Speaking to journalists, the President of the Axim Youth Association, Kofi Arko Lokko, indicated that the bad nature of the roads was negatively impacting their lives and businesses.

‘We are demonstrating to show our displeasure towards the bad nature of the roads. We want the government to come out and explicitly let us know whether funds have been given to any contractor to work on the roads,’ he said.

He added, ‘Our roads are highly deteriorating and the MP and Municipal Chief Executive are not helping us. The MP, after he was voted into power, has never stepped foot here.’

He indicated that since the NDC took over power, the municipal assembly has not undertaken any major infrastructural and social development as being done in other districts in the country.

He added that the demonstration was to draw President Mahama’s attention to the challenges of the people in the area.

The youth further threatened that ‘if government does not make funds available to a contractor to work on the roads, we will continue to demonstrate.’

They went on to say that as a result of the poor state of the roads in the district, a number of transport operators had withdrawn their services.

The angry youth stated that if nothing was done about the situation soon, they would consider their next line of action.

They later presented a petition to the Municipal Chief Executive, James Baidoo. Even though he was not present to receive it himself, the Municipal Coordinator received it on his behalf.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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