Regional News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly has identified two major alternative routes that could link Tema Manhean to help ease congestion on the only existing road from the Tema Harbour junction to the community.
Following this, the Assembly has undertaken a feasibility study on the identified routes.
The areas earmarked are a route through Tema Lube Oil Company road at Community One which links Tema Manhean directly and the other is a branch off route on the road to VALCO.
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Robert Kempes Ofosuware, has led a team of elders from Tema Manhean and members of the Assembly Works Committee to inspect the alternatives routes.
The move to provide the alternative route follows demands from the chiefs, elders and the general public for another road to link the Manhean community.
According to them, the Manhean community is bordered by companies and the sea, which leaves them in the middle.
They said vehicular accidents, incidences of hit and run and children being knocked down indiscriminately by trucks occurred regularly.
Big companies which deal in haulage of containers from the port, fishing, tuna imports and fish processing, cold storage, warehousing, as well as some banks and the fishing harbour market, are located in the community.
Furthermore, the main harbour junction which serves as the main branch into the community is also the crossing point for articulated trucks and other company vehicles operating from the port area.
During the inspection of the identified new routes, Mr Ofosuware directed the Metropolitan Roads Engineer, Mr Stephen Attipoe, to provide drawings on the two options of the project for immediate action.
Mr Ofosuware said the cost would indicate where funding would be sourced and gave the assurance that the Assembly would take steps to hasten the pace of the project.
He appealed to the people of Manhean to maintain a high sense of security while the Assembly made efforts to make their stay in the community comfortable.
Mr Ofosuware and the team called on officials of VALCO to discuss the need to use a bypass near the plant for a route to Manhean.
At an earlier meeting with the chief executive, the chiefs and elders of Manhean mentioned the need to have another road because it was difficult for people who had gone out of the community to return in time because of traffic caused by articulated trucks returning from the port.
An elder of the Stool, Nii Ago Adjetey, told the Daily Graphic that the decision to create a new road came up in 2008.
Tema Manhean is the community that was created for the indigenes of Tema in the early 1950s to pave way for the construction of the Tema harbour and the fishing harbour.
According to history, the people were compelled to move to their settlement which was prepared for them with promises of the provision of facilities to make their stay comfortable.
The government then acquired the land in addition to portions from Kpone and Nungua to establish the Tema harbour and the Tema township.
The people of Manhean are of the view that the one way route to the community is not enough so they want another route to ease the congestion.
They are of the view that now that development has caught up with the area, it has become necessary to create another route instead of only one in the area.