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Abandoned roads constructions worsens plight of Buem residents

The abandoned roads constructions works which were started early in 2015 on the Baika -Jasikan stretch as part of the infamous Eastern Corridor Road project in the Volta Region has worsened the plight of residents in the area.

This is making the daily life of the residents making going about their lives unbearable.

Their outcry to persuade the contractor to remedy the situation has fallen on deaf ears as constructions on the roads

The constructions works which saw steadily progressing in 2015/2015 were scheduled to complete in 2017, but has now been abandoned while the roads has developed potholes and gullies as a result of uncovered dredging on the roads.

When THE REPUBLIC parliamentary correspondent got contact with residents, they lamented their predicament and blamed the current government.

According to the residents, the project should have been completed and tarred but the government has suspended work to audit the contract sum, but they have since not seen the contractor on site.

The speedy progression of work on the 32-kilometre roads which raised hopes of residents in 2016, that their one-time bumpy roads will soon be motorable was dashed as works came a to stand still.

The worst of it all is that, the uncompleted gutters constructed have blocked all access roads to homes and waterways thereby causing floods in houses along the roads any time it rains.

The state of the constructions and the rainy season is affecting school children and as well as food production as children and farmers who access the roads to their schools and farmlands respectively find it difficult anytime its rains.

Other major roads abandoned are about 42 km roads spanning from Bodada-Old Baika-Kutpor,-Baglor-Dzobor and Ayome bridges are making transportation very difficult if not cumbersome.

“Our food stuff are rotting in farms because we cannot access to the farmlands. The roads are bad, the small small bridges along the roads get flooded even small rain. So we are suffering. We want government to consider our plights and let the constructor return to site,” one resident lamented.

A resident who identified himself as Joe, expressed his displeasure on the government decision to suspend constructions on the roads and pleaded with the government to let the contractor to return to site to finish works.

According to them, Jasikan is one of the productive areas in the region hence were expecting the Government to appreciate their efforts by completing the roads to from Hohoe to Jasikan.

Commercial drivers who ply the stretch are contemplating removing their cars due to the cost they incur in every trip. According to them, the current state of the roads is causing them financially as their vehicles keep getting stuck in the water and break down.

But in an interview with THE REPUBLIC, the Member of Parliament for Buem, Hon Daniel Kwesi Ashiaman, stated that the delay in the execution of work on the projects had adversely affected the good people of Buem as the roads becomes inaccessible whenever it rains.

He said, economically, the roads are very important as farm produces could not be carted to the market centres and rot in farms thereby affecting farming and also complicates their health conditions.

Mr Ashiaman therefore appealed to the government to consider putting the affected roads to bituminous surface level so farmers could carts their products.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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