Protestors of the #SekondiTakoradiDeservesBetter Campaign have threatened to stage another demonstration against the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah for failing to recognise and receive their petition. According to the protestors, the Regional Minister disrespected them, by sending someone else to receive the petition on his behalf.
The protest which began this morning was aimed at echoing concerns residents have with the seemingly neglect of the government and city authorities to key development issues within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. They had matched through the principal streets of the city to the Regional Coordinating Council, only to be met with the disappoint they least expected. The Regional Minister was not ready to receive us, one of the protesters said.
Nana Quasi-Wusu who was infuriated by the absence of the Regional Minister said they would not relent in their efforts to get the government respond to their concerns. According to him, a series of demonstrations will be organised across the city until their demands are addressed.
“They asked that we hand over the petition to someone else but we insisted on seeing the minister and handing it over to him. We will go back and stage another demonstration until we get to see him and hand over the petition to him personally.
“We voted for him and so he cannot turn his back on us. That is total disrespectful. But we shall not relent until the right thing is done,” emphasised.
Convenor for the group, Samuel Appiah Gyimah recents could no longer entertain the inaction of city authorities in addressing the developmental needs of the people. He laments a number of infrastructure projects have been left to decay, with many in quiet a dysfunctional state.
“People are being intimidated for speaking up. Look at our Essipong Stadium. It is a complete mess. Our Center for National Culture is rotting away. Traffic lights have been dysfunctional for years, and our roads are worse off. That is why we are seeking answers from our leaders. We need to know why they are not being responsive to these issues.”