Artisans and spare part dealers at Suame Magazine could soon heave a sigh of relief as contractors working on the Suame Roundabout-Afrancho Road work around the clock to complete rehabilitation works.
Officials of Joshob Construction say at least 1.5 kilometres of asphalt overlay on the Nurom Hotel-Anomanye Nkwanta Road would be completed this Friday.
The deplorable Suame Roundabout-Afrancho stretch of the main Kumasi-Techiman Road has been a subject of a series of street protests by artisans and spare part dealers at Suame Magazine.
Angry artisans protesting over delays in fixing the pot-hole-riddled road attacked the Member of Parliament for the area and Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was meeting the leadership of the artisans.
What appeared to be a reactionary visit by the Member of Parliament for Suame to the concerns of his constituents over deplorable roads turned hostile.
The angry artisans pelted the MP’s entourage with sachet water and other items until a police team led by the Ashanti Regional Police Commander whisked the MP away in a police vehicle.
The road contractors, Joshob Construction Limited, who abandoned the site over an acute shortage of bitumen, have since returned to the site, promising to complete an asphalt overlay on the 1.5-kilometer stretch this Friday.
Moses Narhkorli is an Asphalt Foreman at Joshob Constructions.
“We want to seal the potholes from the beginning. From tomorrow, we will spray. So the asphalt will start on Friday morning,” he said.
“ We will spray the bitumen(first layer) so that the following day. On Friday we can cover at least 1.5 kilometers for a day. After Friday, we will continue. Now we’ve come there’s no stop because more bitumen is coming from Togo,” Mr. Narkorli added.
According to Mr Narhkorli Officials of Joshob Construction are promising to work around the clock in what they describe as a progressive construction timetable.
“They should have patience. What is going on is not the problem for the MP; it is a problem for the contractor.
“The bitumen, like if we have everything, that problem wouldn’t come. So they should have patience everything would be okay.”
This, perhaps, will come as a relief to artisans and traders of Suame Magazine who, until now, were faced with dusty roads.