Bolga-Bawku-Pulmakon Road 910 Days Period Elapses As Residents Demand Government Fix Road.
A vibrant Civil Society Organization known as the Narrative Changers in the Upper East Region which has been advocating key issues in the region ranging from Education, Sanitation, Roads, Traffic and street light system and other social and economic injustices, has reapplied pressure on the government to fix the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakon road.
The group and some media practitioners in the region started a campaign on social media, asking the government to make a full commitment towards the completion of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Polmakon road to facilitate easy transportation of goods and services.
The group indicated that the road project which was scheduled to be executed within 910 days, which elapsed on 4th June, this year, was yet to be completed following government’s inability to release funds for the finishing touches of the project.
“As we speak now, the works of the Brazilian contractor, Galvao, still stand at 19.4 percent, and our checks at that of Mawums is 95%. Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia told the people of Upper East during his Ramadan tour in Weriyanga central mosque in Garu that the Brazilian contractor would resume works on the road, but there is no sign the contractor will be coming back to the site“, leadership of the CSO laments.
Executive Secretary of the Narrative Changers, Leonard Sampana, in an interview with Word news, disclosed that the Narrative Changers were on a tour on the road to ascertain the brouhaha road commuters faced, at first hand.
Mr. Sampana describes the situation as lamentable, saying it is stunning government abandons such a prestigious project which when completed, will contribute to the socio-economic progress of the country, stressing, “we are not only putting pressure on government to fix the road but to tell the president that government can put a tollbooth at a strategic area so it would generate revenue for the region”.
He added that, “they people of Upper East region have been quiet for so long and we would no longer take things for granted. We will make sure we exhaust all the channels; thus we are currently making a passionate appeal to government to get the contractor back on site before we hit the streets“, the Secretary of the CSO warned.
Speaking to some drivers and commuters, they express worry about the road current deplorable and devastating state, and admonish government against any decision to abandon the road project since the people in the region have not bargained for that at all.
“it’s very sad to travel four hours from Bolga to Bawku in an about 58 kilometres road compared to other places”, a disappointed driver has said.
Disgruntled drivers have raised red flag against what they describe as sheer ineptitude and wicked plans employed by government to fruatrate the poor road commuter, vowing to vote out the New Patriotic Party-led administration if all efforts to get the precarious road rehabilitated remain unheeded.
Meanwhile, in the Mid-year budget review, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, reassured the people in the region of government’s commitment towards the completion of the road, indicating some financial commitments had been made to ensuring a full execution of the project.
But the Chairman of the Narrative Changers, Mr Adama Tinga Atolininga, who is not convinced government would ‘walk the talk’ as pledged in the budget, said the group would not relent on their demand on social media for government to fix the road since politicians take delight to deceive the public as far as the restoration of the road phenomenon is concerned.
Source: Word fm/Gaspard Ayuureneeya.