“The Contractor, Asabea Construction has finished testing the quality of the bitumen and would resume work on the Effia Nkwanta – Fijai stretch today Thursday 15th November, 2018. The Urban Roads Director has also assured us that in 2 weeks the traffic light issues would be addressed. So your main concerns for the demonstration are being addressed as we speak” DCOP Redeemer Vincent Dedjoe, the Western Regional Police Commander told leaders of Concerned Residents of Sekondi-Takoradi (CROST) group in a dialogue when the group met the Police to finalize proceedings of Friday 16th November demonstration which is against deplorable roads and non-functioning traffic lights in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The Regional Commander who assured CROST of the authorities’ work on the issues raised said that “hit the street to demonstrate if your concerns are not addressed in 2 months. I can assure you that by ending of January 2019 all these concerns would have been addressed. If they are not addressed you can hit the street to demonstrate.”
Present at the meeting were Nana Kwesi Coomson, leader of CROST, Emmanuel Amppabeng and Richard Wolley, Organizers of the demonstration and the Regional Security Capos. The Secutiry Capos mentioned that the security threat of the demonstration would be more than anticipated. The Public Order Act 1994 (Act 491) gives the Police the power to ascertain the impacts of special events and as such could postpone it. The Act states that “(4) Where a Police Officer notified of a special event under subsection (1) has reasonable grounds to believe that the special event if held may lead to violence or endanger public defence, public order, public safety, public health or the running of essential services or violate the rights and freedoms of other persons, he may request the organisers to postpone the special event to any other date or to the relocate the special event.”
“If the deplorable roads and traffic lights are your concerns then I can assure you that there are works in place upon our investigations so don’t worry, if its not done in 2 months, you can hit the street” DCOP Dedjoe added.
“You can still go ahead and submit your petition to the Regional Minister but that should not be done in protest march to the office. It could be done by two or three leaders of this group. I can assure you that all your concerns in the petition would be addressed. You can still go ahead with presentation of your petition” DCOP Dedjoe agreed with leaders of CROST on this.
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An Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A Senior Journalist with Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). He has also pursued MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. He is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI) who studied at Clark Atlanta University on the Business and Entrepreneurship track. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morganview all posts by: Nana Kwesi Coomson
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