Residents of Afuaman, Manhean, Joma, Nsakina and Oduman in the Ga West Municipality in the Greater Accra region has given the government a two-weeks ultimatum to fix their deteriorated roads or they massively demonstrate against the government.
The residents expressed their displeasure over the deplorable state of their road networks which impede the socio-economic development of the Municipality.
According to them, the enclave covering Ablekuma curve to Joma, Oduman to Obeyeyie, through Nsakina and Afuaman to Obeyeyie road networks have negatively affected the fortunes of the people over the past years.
Addressing the media at Manhean in the the Amasaman Constituency, Secretary for the Coalition of the Communities, Emmanuel Quartey, noted that in 2015, the said road was awarded to Arch Adwo Construction Limited and completed the construction of drainage.
Progress on the road he noted, was stopped and since then, travelling on the it has become insecure and dangerous to the lives of drivers and passengers. Mr. Quartey reiterated that, pregnant women in labour cannot be transported to Oduman Polyclinic and health facilities in other communities as it is very dangerous for them to ply such existing roads.
He stated that, drivers in particular find it extremely difficult driving on that stretch any time it rains, since the road suddenly turns muddy, becoming slippery and dangerous, adding that the potholes keep increasing in size and depth.
Mr. Quartey lamented that due to the bad nature of the road, drivers who ply the road abandon school children, workers and traders from these communities causing huge morning traffic on the roads as a result of the only few commercial vehicles who are willing to ply the routes.According to him, what makes matters worse how the roads get flooded during the rainy season, turning it into a river.
Mr. Quartey disclosed that the communities have petitioned the Ga West Municipal Assembly on several occasions which has given them assurance that the road construction would commence soon, but since 2016 they have not seen any sign of the contractor coming to site.
He therefore called on the Ga West Municipal Assembly to fix the roads to alleviate their plight of commuting.
The Manhean Zongo Chief and the Public Relation Officer of Ga West and North Council of Zongo Chiefs, Sarki Abdul Kadiri Ahmed Abdul Kadiri who spoke to WestAfrica24.com said recent rainfalls have also added to the nightmare as residents and drivers, both private and commercial, have to go through the ordeal when travelling on that stretch of road.
He added that is unfortunately for the residents, the road also lead to the Oduman Polyclinic saying; patients visiting the clinic have had to endure the discomfort of travelling on the bad road.
Sarki Abdul Kadiri Ahmed reiterated that the nature of the road makes it difficult for emergency cases to be rushed in because drivers always have to slow down in order to bring in patients.
By: Paul Mamattah