Stop Sweet Talks Hohoe Residents Tell Mahama

Some residents in the Hohoe municipality of the Volta Region have expressed disappointment in the government for not being able to fulfill its simple promise of tarring the Hohoe town roads.

According to them, they are tired of the many promises and excuses which usually end up breaking their hearts even deeper.

They therefore appealed to President John Mahama and his appointees to stop the “sweet talks” and work.

The residents vented their spleens when they took turns to express their opinions on the president’s achievements, his ongoing tour and the state of development in the Hohoe municipality, its environs and other parts of the region. They spoke to DAILY GUIDE when the president visited Hohoe as part of his ‘accounting to the people’ tour of the Volta Region.

The sentiments expressed by the residents were in concert with the general atmosphere of the municipality before and after the president’s visit to the area. The once busy and business-like Hohoe town looked dull  as the president’s visit seemed not to have enthused the residents.

Residents Unhappy

One of them, Mrs. Freda Kuma, a fashion designer, told DAILY GUIDE that “all these noises, cars moving about and talks are not solving our problems. The president must stop the rapping and sweet talks and do what is necessary.”

According to her, she was very disappointed because over 70% of the roads in Hohoe Township are in very bad state. She also complained that apart from the potholes, the roads are also very dusty, thereby posing a serious health hazard to the residents.

Another resident, Alidu Mahama, a dealer in electronics, said the government seemed not to understand what development represents. “Currently interest rates are high,  income tax is also high, cost of commodities are also expensive and utility tariffs are even worse,” he lamented.

All is Not Well

A motorbike repairer, Lebene Amoako, observed that the coming of the president to the region was a good thing, but said “all is not well.” He continued, “The whole town is dull and slow because we are tired. You see many people are saying they are tired. To go and stand in the sun when our roads are bad?”

Lebene who also sells motorbike parts, posited, “View the town. The town is now like a cemetery. Everything make basaa. President should work on our road, so that we can do fast business.”

Madam Tina Tornyenyo who sells bags and wax print and other female wears lamented, “People are not buying. We need money in the system. The people are hungry; they need jobs, that is what we want and not all these noises and talks.”

Meanwhile, the president in an address in Hohoe, promised that 10km of Hohoe Township roads would be asphalted before the end of the year.