The busy roads of the Accra experienced heavy gridlocks Thursday evening as Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy arrives Ghana for a special crusade at the capital city.
In order to manage this challenge, the Ghana Police Service has announced that some major roads will be blocked to motorists. The blockade will start from today’s noon till early Saturday when the programme is believed to have come to an end. According to a statement from the service, all are expected to comply.
The general public, especially motorists are humbly requested to observe these arrangements and plan for alternative routes before embarking on their respective journeys.
Moreover Police personnel will be positioned at vantage points to assist with traffic direction and diversions for a successful event,” the statement further noted.
On the issue, the Public Relations Officer of Greater Accra Regional Police Command, ASP Efia Tenge while speaking on Eyewitness News, explained that “certain roads leading to the venue of the event, will be closed to traffic to ensure that the security of persons who will be attending the gathering is safeguarded.”
While admitting that the closure “will cause some inconvenience to people, especially motorists”, she noted that the move forms part of measures to ensure that those who go there return safe.
If we have to visit our public order Act 419, it mandates the Police to close certain roads especially when events are being organised…We are having an event that will be convening over 500,000 people and looking at the events venue, apart from even the Independence Square , we have also taken the Sports Stadium and also if the capacity is not anything to go by , we would still take the forecourt of the state house.”
in the bid to pacify motorists whose freedom of movement are to be restricted to an extent, ASP Tenge explained that the roads are not going to be totally shut down, but only diverted for the purpose of the event.
We are doing are best to ensure that motorists who are coming towards these areas are directed appropriately through the right routes,”she revealed.
Chris Oyakhilome, popularly known as Pastor Chris is a Nigerian minister who is the founding president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, aka Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Christian ministry with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pastor Chris ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities (likely the most translated book in the whole world, 662 translations), and an NGO called the Innercity Missions for Children as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus. Oyakhilome’s television programs feature his faith healings, miracles and large meetings which his ministry organises around the world, with gatherings of over 2.5 million people in a single night’s event. This is his first visit to Ghana where he also has a huge following.
Roads to be closed down include
- 28th February Road at CEPS headquarters traffic light
- Starlets 91 streets at Ministries Traffic Light
- Castle Road from AU circle towards the state house
- Starlets 91 road from Osu Cemetry Traffic light to the Black Stars square
- Labone junction towards Osu
- Osu Traffic Light towards the crossroad
- Otu Kofi street behind the state house and Loco road Car parks
As part of efforts to ensure smooth vehicular movement, the following areas have also been earmarked as car parks for the event.
- Efua Sutherland children’s park
- Arts Centre
- Riveria Drive
- Cocoa Affiars
- Kwame Nkrumah Masoluem
- Baiden Powerl
- Hawkey Stadium
- City car park
- Osikan car park