Speaker Bemoans Eastern Corridor Road


Edward Doe Adjaho,  Speaker of Parliament
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has expressed the fear that the delay in completion of the Eastern Corridor road will destroy the credibility of the ruling government.

According to him, the road has been long overdue and needs urgent attention to salvage the already declining reputation of politicians from the region.

The astute politician, who until his elevation as a Speaker, was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the then Ave-Avenor constituency in the Akatsi District of the Volta Region, disclosed that ‘I want to assure you that only three days ago, I had the privilege of inviting the Chief of Staff to my house to discuss the issue of the Eastern Corridor roads with him and informed him that politicians in this region will lose credibility if no serious work is done on that road before 2016.’

Hon Doe Adjaho was speaking at the second edition of the Volta Heroes Awards held in Ho over the weekend by the Volta Heroes Foundation under the theme: ‘Celebrating Our Heroes, A Key To Accelerated National Development’.

The Speaker of Parliament added that if nothing is done till the election year, ‘our people will think that we are only doing it to fool them in order to get votes.’

He expressed worry over the fallen standards of education in the region, and hoped that all would come on board to reverse the trend.

ABUSE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Mr Doe Adjaho also bemoaned the level of recklessness and irresponsible reportages being churned out by some sections of the media and citizens under the guise of freedom of speech.

Having being part of those who voted for the repeal of the criminal libel law and other laws that criminalised freedom of expression, the Speaker feared that the spirit of the amended legislation of the criminal libel law might be lost.

He, therefore, called on and sundry to be temperate and responsible in their utterances on all platforms.

Hon Doe Adjaho also called for a review of the laws governing the establishment of the National Media Commission (NMC) to enable the commission to serve as an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and conciliatory platform.

From Fred Duodu, Ho ( freduoo@gmail.com )

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