Health Minister, Hon. Agyemang Manu

The people of Dormaa Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Bono Ahafo Region are unhappy about the open neglect of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the area of road and the lies being peddled by their Member of Parliament (MP).

They have debunked claims by the Dormaa Central MP, Kweku Agyeman Manu, who doubles as Health Minister that, all roads in the town, have been asphalted.

According to the angry residents, who have been voting for the governing party over the years, they are yet to fully benefit from NPP government’s much touted “Year of Roads” programme.

Mr Agyeman Manu is seeking reelection, but reports on the ground, suggest he could face some difficulties at the polls.

The residents, said that contrary to the MP’s claim, roads in Dormaa Ahenkro, are in a very bad state and needs quick and serious attention.

It is emerging that, only about three kilometers of the roads, have seen improvement, leaving a chunk in a very deplorable state. Others claim, the only road project they are aware of which was awarded a year ago, has even stalled.

On Friday, October 2, 2020, residents of Dormaa Ahenkro, woke up to a shocking situation as the major river, Paamu, that lies in almost the centre of the town, had over flown it banks, making it extremely difficult for motorists and pedestrians alike to cross to the other side of town.

Several people were seen lamenting over the lukewarm attitude of the NPP government in the construction of a bridge over the river, a project which commenced over one year ago, is taking forever to be completed.

It would be recalled that, the NPP government, awarded the construction of the bridge over the river.

But The Herald gathered that since construction work began on the bridge, motorists and pedestrians, have been enduring serious inconveniences, because at every point, one side of the dual lane road is always closed for work to continue, however, no progress is seen.

What makes the situation worse is that, for that long period, only one half of the lane, has seen actual construction work, leaving the other side unattended to. This has negatively affected free flow of water to and fro the other side of the river.

A down pour last Thursday night this paper gathered, resulted in a very terrible state of affairs the following day. Few areas that, the government awarded contract to, have also been rendered non-passable, creating discomfort and inconvenience for residents, as well as others heading towards towns near the Ivorian border.

Before the construction work, River Paamu, hardly overflow it banks even during heavy rainfall. This has left many people worried, asking why an effort to improve the situation has rather turned into a disaster.

The only part of town roads that continue to give comfort to road users this paper gathered are the ones that were constructed during the erstwhile John Mahama administration under the cocoa roads project.


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