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… As Ho Residents Take To Streets
From Samuel Agbewode, Ho
The youth of Kpenoe, Hodzo and Takla in the Ho Municipality embarked on massive demonstration at Ho yesterday to protest against the poor road network in the area.

They carried placards, some of which read; ‘our roads are bad’, ‘no road no vote’, ‘who is our MP in Ho Central’, ‘are we also not Ghanaians’, ‘we are tired of empty promises from politicians’, among others.

They sang patriotic songs, amidst drumming and dancing through the streets of Ho and finally converged at the premises of the Ho Municipal Assembly where a petition was presented to President John Dramani Mahama, through the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs. Fafa Adinyirah.

Presenting the petition, the Spokesperson for the youth, Mr. Jones Justus Kumah said the area which comprises of three traditional areas have suffered a lot when it comes to road infrastructure and that, during the rainy season, deep holes develop  on the roads, thus exacerbating their plights.

According to Mr. Kumah, many people have over years died on the roads, particularly pregnant women, due to its bad nature and that they could no more bear the pains. The Spokesperson continued that, the population of the area is about 11,000.

They are also the largest producers of foodstuff in the Ho Municipality, but because of the bad nature of the roads, they are unable to transport the produce to the market centres.

Mr Kumah regretted that any time their elders asked the authorities why the Kpenoe, Hodzo and Takla roads were still not tarred, the answer was that the road had been awarded on contract and that sooner or later, the contractor would start work.

He warned that the people from the area would not participate in the 2016 general elections if government fails to tar the road.  “Other communities with the same poor roads such as Tanyigbe, Nyive and Tokokoe have all seen their roads tarred, leaving ours in its current poor state,” he said.

Mr Kumah alleged that quality roads are not the only thing they have been deprived off and that they do not also have access to potable water, electricity and other social amenities.

“We,  the youth of Hokpeta ( name for all the three towns)  are, therefore, petitioning the government to fix the less than 20 kilometer road for us which will open up our communities to the regional capital Ho and the Republic of Togo thereby not only boosting economic activities but also attract investors and create jobs for the youth,” he emphasized.

The Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs. Fafa Adinyirah who received the petition on behalf of the President assured the youth that their concerns and worries would be addressed and asked them to remain peaceful, as government takes the necessary steps to address the development challenges that they raised.