Accra, Feb. 28, GNA-Squatters along the Apenkwa-Mallam Junction road on Monday complied with the ultimatum given by Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye, Accra Mayor to quit for the road construction to continue.
Mr Abdul Gafaru Yusif, Road Supervisor, told the Ghana News Agency during a visit that although the squatters had moved, some of the traders displayed their wares for business in the morning.
He said the Police and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Taskforce had to intervene before the adamant traders left.
Mr Yusif called for intensified public education on the importance of road construction towards national development because apart from delaying the project, they were endangering their lives in the midst of the heavy earth moving machinery and equipment.
\"The project is expected to be 50 per cent complete but is now only 30 per cent complete, however we would endeavour to complete on schedule, \"he said.
Some traders, who spoke to GNA, said the exercise had affected their livelihood and appealed to the AMA to relocate them to a more convenient place.
The 125-million-dollar project is being delayed due to activities of hawkers, squatters and some owners of buildings and structures, who had received compensation but had failed to relocate.
The 14-kilometre road is one of the key projects under the Transportation Project of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Programme funded by the United States.
The six-kilometre Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange to Apenkwa road contract is being executed by China Railway Wuju Corporation while the eight-kilometre road from Apenkwa to Mallam Junction is being executed by MSF Contractors from Portugal.