Tarkwa residents hold minister hostage

Residents of Tarkwa, a mining township in the Southern part of the Western Region have blocked roads leading to and through the town.

 In fact, the town came to a total standstill yesterday morning.

The residents were united in grief.

The roads are very dilapidated despite several promises from subsequent governments to fix them

The residents and traditional leaders blocked the roads in a bid to send an emphatic message to the government.

The protestors burnt car tyres on the roads, which sent a thick dark cloud of smoke into the morning sky. Cars parked across the roads to prevent traffic flow.

Some of the protestors who spoke to journalists expressed bitter concerns about lot of “promise and fail” from different governments.

They said it was unacceptable that minerals were mined from their community to feed the country’s income but they lack behind in development.

Responding to the adverse effect of the protest on businesses and standstill caused, one of the protestors noted that it would inure for the greater good.

“Some two hours out of their time is nothing compared to the benefit of good roads,” the protestor told the media.

Although the police were not formally notified of the protest, the residents said the elders in the towns were fully behind them.

“The Nananom said this is the first and if nothing happens more would follow,” a local broadcaster said.



Story: Kofi Owusu Tawiah

Writer’s email: kofi.tawiah@todaygh.com




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