THE MATTER OF HO ROADS

We note with regret the confusion that has erupted at Kpenoe, Takla and Hidzo between the chiefs and the MP for Ho Central, Mr. Benjamin Kpodo, over the construction of roads which link the three towns to Ho.

The confusion is emanating from the inconsistent stories being told by the chiefs and people on one side and the MP on the other side.

While the chiefs at a press conference on Tuesday declared their intention to barricade their communities to repair the road and threatened to ban political activities in the three communities, the MP yesterday described the threat as unnecessary.

Taking journalists on a field trip yesterday, Mr. Kpodo contradicted the chiefs, saying that a bitumen surfacing project would be executed within 15 months at the cost of GH¢17.8 million.

“This is because the 19-kilometre road has been awarded on contract and work has stated,” Mr. Kpodo said.

The MP gave further details of the contract to show evidence to journalists that indeed work, was ongoing in the areas.

Amazing however, a divisional chief of Kpenoe, emerged to challenge the MP and pointed out that the people were unaware of any work in the area.

The Times is surprised at the new twist to the problem the chief and people have raised with the government.

We are equally astonished as to what the MP was seeking to do when he took journalists to a road project site he knew was not under construction.

From the narration of our correspondent’s story carried on the front page, one could only conclude that the MP was on a mission to misrepresent the facts on the ground.

It is abundantly clear that the roads are bad.  There was no construction of any part of the road at the time reporters arrived at the site and there were no workers on site.

What then was the motive for sending journalists to the area when the road that the communities were complaining of  remain in a bad shape?

We can appreciate the haste with which the MP rushed to the community.  It is political and we think it is inappropriate.

It is true that the roads are in bad shape but are those roads the only bad roads in the country?

Many communities have very bad roads and government has not been able to fix all of them.

Therefore, if a community decides to raise concerns about its roads, it must be considered as legitimate and not described as unnecessary.

In the Times view, the MP should rather listen to the concerns of the people and support them to get the roads fixed.

The assurance that the roads have been awarded on contract and that in the next 15 months the road would be tarred is more convincing than, the attempts to deny the chiefs and people  their legitimate right of fighting for the construction of roads.

While we support the chiefs in their legitimate call, we in the same vein, urge them to refrain from threats and activities that could jeopardise implementation of planned development projects for the area.

 

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