- Ghanaians in the Western Region have held the minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kweku Asoma-Cheremeh and his entourage hostage
- This was as a result of their intent to register their displeasure over the poor road network in the region
- They however allowed the minister's vehicle to move away, as they hooted at him
Residents of the Tarkwa Nsuem Municipality of the Western Region, have registered their displeasure over their poor road network.
According to a report by MyNewsGH.com, they held the minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kweku Asoma-Cheremeh and his entourage hostage.
They only agreed to calm down and allow traffic to flow after several hours of hot exchanges with armed security personnel.
YEN.com.gh understands that despite the use of the road network by mining companies, such firms have refused to honour their corporate social responsibilities to the community.
The minister, who was on a working visit to the area, woke up on the morning of Wednesday, September 26, 2018, to be greeted with the noise of rampaging residents.
The protesters burnt tyres and barricaded the road leading to the hotel in which the minister and his entourage lodged, preventing their vehicles from either leaving or coming in.
In the ensuing melee, they were seen burning lorry tyres, clad in red armbands and chanting war songs to register their displeasure at government’s indifferent attitude towards their plight.
Even after the situation had returned to normalcy, the residents hooted at the minister as his vehicle left the scene.
The leader of the demonstrators, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, stated that they will continue to mount pressure on the government to get the roads in the area tarred, or the stop the mining companies from extracting minerals from the municipality.
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