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Some concerned residents of Dzodze have issued an urgent call to the government to repair the Aflao-Dzodze-Ho highway.

The highway, a vital lifeline connecting major cities and towns, has deteriorated to an unacceptable state of disrepair.

This poses serious risks to motorists, hinders economic activities, and impedes the overall well-being of the communities it serves.

In a statement released on Monday, February 12th, the residents expressed their inability to stand idly by while this critical infrastructure crumbled.

They emphasized that the Aflao-Dzodze-Ho Highway was not just a stretch of pavement but the lifeblood of their region.

They therefore called for immediate action, demanding a swift assessment, adequate funding, transparent execution, and collaboration with qualified experts and stakeholders to ensure efficient and effective repair work.

They urged national leaders to recognize the urgency of the matter and allocate the necessary resources without delay.

“The Aflao-Dzodze-Ho Highway cannot wait for political posturing or bureaucratic red tape. It requires immediate and decisive action to safeguard the safety and prosperity of the communities,” they added.

The residents vowed not to rest until their voices are heard, and steps were taken to address the pressing issue.

“The time for action is now, and together, we will ensure that the Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway is restored to its former glory, serving as a beacon of progress and prosperity for generations to come,” they added.

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TIME FOR ACTION: AUTHORITIES MUST PRIORITIZE THE URGENT REPAIR OF
AFLAO DZODZE HO HIGHWAY

Fellow citizens,

We stand united in the face of a pressing issue that demands our immediate attention and collective action.

The Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway, a vital lifeline connecting major cities and towns, has deteriorated to an unacceptable state of disrepair, posing grave risks to motorists, hindering economic activities, and impeding the overall well-being of our communities.

As concerned residents, we cannot stand idly by while this critical infrastructure crumbles beneath us. The Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway is not just a stretch of pavement; it is the lifeblood of our region, facilitating trade, tourism, and transportation on a daily basis. Its deterioration not only endangers lives but also disrupts the flow of goods and services, causing delays, increased costs, and reduced productivity.

We cannot afford to wait any longer for action. That is why we are issuing an urgent call to the relevant authorities to prioritize the repair and rehabilitation of the Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway. We demand swift assessment, adequate funding, transparent execution, and collaboration with qualified experts and stakeholders to ensure that the repair work is carried out efficiently and effectively.

To the leaders of our nation, we urge you to recognize the urgency of this matter and allocate the necessary resources to address it without delay. The Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway cannot wait for political posturing or bureaucratic red tape. It requires immediate and decisive action to safeguard the safety and prosperity of our communities.

Furthermore, we extend a cautionary message to the major political parties, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress. We expect to hear your plans for the Aflao Dzodze Ho Road. Failure to do so will result in peaceful and nonpartisan protests, dedicated to ensuring the repair of the highway.

We will not rest until our voices are heard, and concrete steps are taken to address this pressing issue. The time for action is now, and together, we will ensure that the Aflao Dzodze Ho Highway is restored to its former glory, serving as a beacon of progress and prosperity for generations to come.

Thank you for your attention, and let us stand together in solidarity as we work towards a brighter future for our beloved region.

Petitioners;

1. Evans Mawunyo Tsikata 0244753004
2. King Nobert Akpablie 0241145874
3. Shalom Gbemu 0242578256
4. Godwin Adzigbli 0242370854
5. Jacob Freeman Ohene 0243579586
6. Hope Nyonyo 0243347245

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Business owners and traders within the Nkwanta Municipality have expressed worry over declining business activities due to the curfew imposed on the area, resulting in decreased patronage of goods and services.

This follows the conflict between the Adele, Challa, and Akyode tribes, which erupted over disagreements related to the performance of ritual rites connected to the Akyodes’ 2023 annual yam festival.

The incident resulted in multiple fatalities, injuries, and property damage, prompting many residents to flee the area.

As a result, the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, imposed a curfew on the Nkwanta township, restricting movement from 5 pm to 6 am. Mr. Dery also explained that individuals who go contrary to the directive will be prosecuted.

However, according to reports gathered by Citi News, some business owners and traders have noted that customers are hesitant to venture out due to the lingering apprehension of encountering the curfew.

Despite ongoing disturbances in the municipality, these traders appeal to the Interior Minister to reassess the curfew’s impact on traders and potentially adjust its terms to be more favorable to their businesses.

Speaking to Citi News, a trader lamented, “Today is Monday here in Nkwanta and a market day here, but I can tell you that we are counting low sales. I am a trader myself and it’s been very bad. We are just waiting and praying that the curfew is lifted so that many more people can come to town, and then we can resume our duties and normal days.”

“It has been very, very bad because even if we come to town, open our shops, we have to close by 4 pm, and you know by 4 pm, people should be buying or those who did not have money to buy in the morning can start buying. In Nkwanta, most people come from the villages to buy and purchase our goods but because of the curfew and the problems that we encountered a few months ago, people are refusing to come to town so it is a headache, we are not finding it easy at all.”

“The economic situation in Nkwanta is so bad that we plead with the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Derry, to do something about the curfew; either reviewing it or doing something for us.”

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