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Swedru youth demonstrate against delays in Akora River project

  Agona Swedru (C/R), Aug 4, GNA – The youth of Agona Swedru have staged a five-hour demonstration against the excessive delays in the dredging of the Akora River and the bad nature of roads in the Municipality.

  Agona Swedru (C/R), Aug 4, GNA – The youth of Agona Swedru have staged a five-hour demonstration against the excessive delays in the dredging of the Akora River and the bad nature of roads in the Municipality.

  The demonstrators started from “Left Eye spot” on bye-pass road through principal streets of Swedru and ended at the Agona West Municipal Assembly.

  Abusuapanyin Kweitu, leader of the protestors presented a petition to the Agona West, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Mr Samuel Oppong.

They also presented similar petition to Nana Kobina Botwe II, Swedruhehene and Adontenhene of Nyakrom Traditional Area and it was received on his behalf by Okyeame Kojo Nyarkoh.

 Some of the placards carried by the demonstrators read;  ‘Swedru deserves better’, ‘fix the man- holes on Swedru roads’, ‘We are Ghanaians, Swedru is a city and not village’, ‘Give us what we deserve and we are tired of vain promises’.

Making the presentation, Abusuapanyin Kweitu said the demonstration was essentially to express their displeasure about the delay of the Akora River project.

   He said the Akora, the only river at Agona Swedru which is used for domestic purposes by most of the residents has been turned into gutter due to the poor job being done by the contractor.

   Abusuapanyin Kweitu said the contractor, Las Adventuras Company Limited, started the work in 2013 and it was supposed to have been completed in 2015 but to no avail.

He said the dredging of the Akora River has come to a halt for over nine months and the Swedruman Council of Chiefs have been kept in darkness.

    According to Abusuapanyin Kweitu, last week Mr Charles Obeng-Inkoom, the MP for Agona West,  and Mr Samuel Oppong, MCE for Agona West were summoned to Nana Botwe’s palace to explain the delay of the project.

 He said the MP told Nana Botwe and his chiefs to give them some time to interact with the consultant of the project.

 The Leader said several millions of Ghana Cedis including oil funds have been sank into the project but yet work is not progressing as expected by the residents of Agona Swedru.

   Abusuapanyin Kweitu appealed to the President Mahama to use his highest office to impress upon the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing to terminate the existing contract with the contractor. 

   On the bad roads, Abusauapanyin Kweitu said the youth at Agona Swedru were not pleased with the work being done by the private contractor in the township and called on the Ministry of Roads and Highways to enforce their supervisory.

Mr Oppong who received the petition thanked the demonstrators for carrying out the peaceful demonstration devoid of destruction of public properties and assured them that the petition would be  sent to Regional Minister for onwards transmission to President Mahama.

He said the promises made by the President in the state of the Nation Address would be fulfilled to the citizens of Agona West and other adjoining districts in the Central Region.

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