Scores of cocoa farmers and traditional leaders at Samreboi and its adjoining communities in the Amenfi West district of the Western region have poured onto the streets to protest against poor roads.
Clad in red armbands and attire, the residents burnt car tyres, chanted war songs and blocked the main Samreboi-Prestea road, leaving several commuters stranded.
“The demonstrators, who spoke to Joy News, had one clear message for the government: ‘no roads no vote’,” reports Joy News‘ Western Region Correspondent, Ina-Thalia Quansah.
The Western region has been Ghana’s lead cocoa producer since 1984 but roads leading to the cocoa farms are generally bad.
At least 14 per cent of Ghana’s cocoa cash comes from the Western region and farmers say the government must do more to fix deplorable roads.
Residents of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region recently embarked on a demonstration over deplorable roads in the capital.
Agitated residents hit the streets on Wednesday to petition the Region’s Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage, over their concerns.