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Motorists and passengers plying the Hohoe-Jasikan to Kadjebi road in the Volta region are calling on the Ghana Highway Authority to as a matter of urgency carry out emergency repair works on deplorable portions of the highway to ease their travelling woes.
According to them, travelling on the road has become a nightmare in recent times as vehicles plying the route often get stuck at various portions of the stretch which has become very muddy with lots of ditches due to heavy downpours.
Last Wednesday, stranded passengers have to endure the inconvenience of pushing vehicles to manoeuvre through the muddy ditches around Bueman Senior High School in the Jasikan district.
Some traders who frequent the road say the situation is adversely affecting their businesses as most food stuffs being cart from the northern part of the region get destroyed before reaching Accra and other market centres in south.
They also complain of the exorbitant fares being charged by some drivers because of the bad state of the road; as the drivers also express frustration over the damage being caused to their vehicles when plying that route.
The deplorable nature of the road have has pose insecurity to its users as armed robbers frequently terrorise motorists and passengers especially at night.
The Hohoe-Jasikan-Kadjebi road is part of the Eastern Corridor road project, which begins from the Tema roundabout and ends at Kulungugu in the Upper east region.
The over 695 kilometres route is divided into several lots and connects Juapong, through Asikuma, Peki, Kpeve, Hohoe, Jasikan, Kadjebi, Nkwanta and Oti-Damango in the Volta region.
Whereas, the Asikuma to Agate, Dodo-Pepesu to Nkwanta, and Nkwanta to Oti-Damonko lots have been awarded to contractors, the lot which comprises Agate-Hohoe-Jasikan-Kadjebi to Dodo-Pepesu is yet to be awarded to a contractor.
However, Vice President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur at a grand durbar to climax this year’s Asogli Yam Festival in Ho last weekend, announced the repackaging the road project with new source of funding to facilitate its construction and subsequent completion.