Managers of the newly inaugurated Kwame Nkrumah interchange have refuted claims that the fountain at the site is not functioning properly.
National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, on Thursday alleged that some members of the NPP in the wake of Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory vandalized the colourful lights at the water park.
Kofi Portuphy also lamented that, further works on the interchange has come to a standstill because the workers were being attacked by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) describing it as shameful acts.
“…Shameful attacks on the contractor and workers at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange popularly known as Dubai have brought the work to a standstill. The pity of it is the destruction of the colourful lights from the water fountain that flows to the admiration of all,” he noted.
But an engineer at the site, Walter Ashong, told Citi News that the facility is intact even though some jubilant NPP supporters besieged the area when Nana Akufo-Addo was declared winner.
“Everything works properly but on the day the elections results were declared by the EC chair, a lot of people who were jubilating came around and were a bit rowdy. So we put everything off. Eventually they entered so we had to calm them down and turn them away. But we put it off because we didn’t want any rowdy reactions.”
He said “we just want things to normalize, put one or two things together and after the handing over from the current government to the next, then we will know how to manage it properly.”
Traders say facility is working
Some traders who Citi News spoke to around the fountain, also confirmed that the facility has been working.
Some of them said they saw it activated earlier on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
The 74 million euros project was inaugurated by President John Mahama in November 2016 amidst a huge fanfare.
The project has among other things three flyovers, a colourful water fountain, library, bus terminal, fire, police and ambulance stations.