Mahama Tours Volta 'No road, No votes' - Kpassa residents to Mahama

The residents took advantage of President John Mahama's campaign tour to the area Tuesday to drive home their demand.

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Some residents of Kpassa in the Nkwanta North Constituency in the Volta region have threatened to vote against President John Mahama and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) if the government fails to construct some roads in the region.

The residents took advantage of President John Mahama's campaign tour to the area Tuesday to drive home their demand.

In their attempt to draw the President and his entourage's attention to the deplorable state of the road, some of the residents mounted signage with the inscription, 'No road, No votes' on the Nkwanta to Kpassa section of the road.

The road, which connects the Nkwanta North and South constituencies to parts of the Northern region, was awarded to a Chinese contractor in 2014.

However, no major improvement has been seen on the road since then.
The residents in the region say several attempts to get government to fix the road have proved futile.

Speaking at a gathering of some chiefs and residents in the area ahead of President Mahama’s speech delivery, the paramount chief, Ubor Tasan Gonja VI appealed to the president to take urgent steps on the section of the eastern corridor road, as well as the road from Kpassa to Tinjase.

"There is the need for urgent action to be taken on the 25km Kpassa stretch of the eastern corridor road. This concern becomes more alarming, especially when the Dodo-Pepesu to Nkwanta section have been completed and the Damanko to Bimbilla section is seriously being worked on," the chief noted.

In his response, President Mahama blamed the Chinese contractor for the delay in the completion of the Kpassa section of the eastern corridor project.

He, therefore,  directed the Roads and Highways ministry to terminate the contract and re-award it to a competent contractor to work on.

The president also issued a two-week ultimatum to the contractor working on the Kpassa to Tinjase road to return to site or risk losing the contract.

"Your roads are very important to us not just those of you living here, because the yam we eat in Accra, is cart from this area. So if we don't fix the roads, how can we get the yam and other food crops to eat? That's why I have asked the road ministry to take away the project from the Chinese firm and get another contractor to complete it," he assured.

He added: "This time, we have become very firm on contractors working on government projects in the country. And so we won't tolerate any contractor who fails to meet project timelines."

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