Open Letter to the Ministers of Highways and Railways

As a concerned citizen of Ghana, I am compelled to draw the attention of the Minister of Highways and his ministry to the following observations.
1. The Head of State has promised to fix the Tarkwa to Apimanim road in the shortest possible time.

The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.

The contractor posted there has shown a lackadaisical attitude to the project.

Numerous appeals have been made by the people of Tarkwa, chiefs, MCE and MP and it appears no heed has been given to them. Why should Tarkwa, a major gold-producing area, be so deprived of such a basic need?

I wish to remind you that the Tarkwa Nsuaem road leads to Aboso, Ayanfuri, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Obuasi, Kumasi and beyond.

I want to believe that you are aware that Tarkwa is a major commercial area and the second largest in the new Western Region.

Please act, for the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem are losing hope.

2. It appears that the ministry is neglecting some of its duties such as clearing the weeds on the kerbside of the roads.

Names of towns are overtaken by trees and weeds and cannot be recognised.

An early action will be highly appreciated by the people of Tarkwa and beyond.

B. To the Minister of Railways

Tarkwa was a major railway station after Sekondi Takoradi, Kumasi and Accra up until 1996 and was noted for the conveyance of bauxite from Awaso, manganese ores from Nsuta Wassa, cocoa, timber, market women with goods and other passengers.

There has been a lot of talk about investors coming to invest in the Accra, Hohoe, Yendi, Tamale, Bolgatanga and Paga lines, the Eastern Line and the Western Line which starts from Awaso (a major bauxite-producing area) to Tarkwa, Nsuta (a major manganese-producing area) then to Takoradi.

In fact, if this line is rehabilitated or revamped, it will save the wear and tear of the Tarkwa-Takoradi highways.

I don’t want to believe that because of certain vested transport interests, the ministry is dragging its feet to rehabilitate this all-important economic and social venture.

I am given to understand that the Western Line is the top priority of the rehabilitation of the railway system.

I shall, therefore, be grateful if these two ministries will accelerate the development of these two vital systems as they will enhance the socio-economic life of the Ghanaian.

Dr S. A. Kofi Forson


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