Some Angry Youth of Tanoboase, a Town in the Techiman North District on monday hit the street and protested against what they described as the failure of the Ghana Highways Authority to construct speed ramps on the Techiman-Kintampo road which passes through the town, resulting in the killing of innocent people by over speeding drivers
The demonstration was triggered by the death of a 20 year old young man who was knocked down by an over speeding vehicle on sunday whilst returning from Church.
The angry youth who were cladded in red, took the law into their hands, mounted road blocks and started constructing unapproved speed ramps, making it difficult for vehicles plying the Techima-Kintampo Highway which created serious vehicular traffic.
The Techiman Police MTTD led by the Commander upon hearing the news of the disturbances moved to the town to bring the situation under control.
Not even the heavy police presence in the area could dissuade the irate youth from mounting the road blocks and constructing the unapproved speed ramps.
After a fruitless efforts to stop them, the Police Commander met with the Chief, some Opinion Leaders and the Assembly man for area and impressed upon them to intervene by appealing to the rampaging youth to vacate the road and clear all road blocks to allow the free flow of vehicles but that did not yield any result as they were not ready to listen to anybody.
Speaking to our Reporter, the Assembly man for the Tanoboase Electoral Area, Honourable Eric Dwomo Duako revealed that, seven people were knocked down out of which six died and only one survived within the spate of one year as a result of over speeding by passing vehicles.
According to him, when the Kintampo- Techiman road which passes through the town was being constructed by the Shinshung Construction Company, they made a fervent appeal to the Contractor to construct speed ramps to check over speeding, but it yielded no result.
The Assemblyman continued that, they have also made fruitless contacts and wrote numerous letters to the Ghana highway Authority in Techiman and appealed to them to as a matter of urgency construct speed ramps to check overspeeding.
According to Eric Dwomo, inspite of the numerous appeals made to the Highways Authority, no efforts have been made to address their concerns whilst innocent people continue to lose their lives through reckless driving.
He is therefore appealing the to the Ghana Highway Authority to come to their help by constructing speed ramps on the road to prevent further pedestrian knock downs in the area he lamented has reached an alarming crescendo.