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My study of measures to deal with the skyrocketing of transport fare from Mpohor to Takoradi suggests that blaming drivers will only deflect attention from empty promises and the fictitious assurance made by President Nana Addo on 10th June 2018. In his submission on the stipulated date, the president unobstructedly uttered that Mpohor- Kejabir road which is about 15 kilometers will be constructed within 18 months.
For about 5 years now the road is as it was, and even in a very pitiful state, I must say.
Research has it that good road transport has so many benefits to countries, companies and individuals. It can facilitate the movement of goods and people, create employment, support economic growth, enhance access to education and health care services.
Traders in the Mpohor district have lamented about the deteriorated nature of the road, which they say is contributing to current high food prices due to the high level of transport fares.
Basically, when roads are not good, it affects transportation and is then transferred automatically on the final consumer.
Most of the roads in the district are simply unstable, with lots of potholes punched in them. Some concerns have been raised by commercial drivers and motorists that, as a result of the poor state of the road, the spare parts used on their cars do not last long and therefore compelled to buy spare parts all the time, thus creating added costs for them, hence leaving them with no choice to increase the fares.
Several attempts to draw attention of authorities, especially, the DCE and the Members of Parliament (MP) to fix the road and other infrastructural challenges in the district seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
There is substantial evidence that this NPP government doesn’t put in perspective the welfare of the good people of mpohor and the district as a whole. A district which over the past two decades and more has voted massively for the NPP was supposed to get a fair share of the national cake, however, the exact opposite appears to be the case, as the deplorable condition of its road is an embarrassment for a supposed strong hold of the NPP.
Transport owners charge ¢15.00 from Mpohor to Takoradi which is only 19km whiles their colleague transport owners charge ¢31.00 from Cape Coast to Takoradi which is 82km.
This clearly shows that the ¢15.00 charge by drivers is as a result of the bad nature of our road.
We are through this release calling on the Member of Parliament (MP), the District Chief Executive (DCE) and all our political leaders within the Constituency to pay attention to our concern.
ALEXANDER OFORI (SUPER YAW OFORI JNR)
MPOHOR CONSTITUENCY COMMUNICATION OFFICER, NDC