The Director General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Nsiah Asare has backed the reason behind the protest of the Adenta residents but condemned their decision to block the road.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Starrfmonline.com, the GHS boss made the comments while speaking in Koforidua on Friday, November 9 at the opening ceremony of the Ghana Medical Association's 60th Anniversary.
Dr. Asare said: “As a country we have to let the laws work if there is no Zebra crossing first you dare not cross. So if you cross you will be arrested and prosecuted. But here people cross the road anyhow.
“And the second point is that even where there is zebra crossing sometimes the human beings will stop and wait for the vehicles it is also wrong immediately somebody steps on the zebra crossing as a vehicle you are supposed to stop and let the person pass but here they want you stop for them to pass. That one too is unlawful so the first thing we have to do is let our laws work”.
According to Dr .Nsiah Asare, ideally, double lane roads like the Adenta-Madina road required footbridges thereby siding with sentiments of the residents but condemned their riot.
He said it is time the law enforcement agencies stopped increasing penchant of people to be lawless.
“I believe that if these things are happening and somebody dies because the driver didn’t stop and the person also used a wrong road , so what should happen is not for people to take the laws into their own hands that one too is becoming unbecoming in this country where people quickly will do anything because something has happened ….let’s go and burn tires ! let’s go and do this! that one also should stop,” he added
Residents of Adenta and its environs went on rampage Thursday, November 8 burning car tyres on the highway to register their displeasure over the rampant pedestrian fatalities and injuries on the highway due to lack of footbridges.
The rampage led to many injuries as police fired tear gas, warning shots and and rubber bullets.
A woman and her 14-year-old son were reportedly shot at by the police but the claims have been denied by the law enforcement wing.
The Ministry of Roads and Highways has announced that work on the uncompleted pedestrian bridges in Adenta will commence within a week.
The Ministry in collaboration with the Interior ministry, has requested the Ghana Police Service to deploy officers of the Motor Traffic Unit to prevent further deaths.
All street lights on that stretch too are now fully active.
Watch: Ghana News Today: Adenta on Fire as Angry Residents Protest Over Frequent Deaths| #Yencomgh
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