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Regional News of Saturday, 29 October 2016

Source: thechronicle.com.gh

Kwashieman roads worst in Accra

poor roads affecting the residents of kwashieman.

Though Kwashieman, surrounded by two of the country’s finest roads, George Bush Motorway and Kaneshie-Mallam highway, links the capital, Accra, to the Central Region, it cannot boast of a single asphalted road. Most of the link roads in the community are in deplorable condition making it uncomfortable for commuters, drivers and residents.

The Accra File toured the Kwashieman Electoral area to assess the state of the roads from complaints by the residents, and noted that most of roads have developed potholes due to lack of a proper drainage system in the community.

This journalist also found out that since there were no gutters in the vicinity, erosion had worsened the already bad state of the roads. Some residents the Accra File interviewed described the potholes as being manholes during the dry season and fish ponds in the rainy season.

According to him, the promise made by President John Dramani Mahama to asphalt Accra roads to improve transportation has not been extended to certain areas within the Metropolis. Mr. Lomo said his area was not benefiting from the Accra roads project being propagated by the President, because it was considered as a stronghold of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

To him, this act should not be tolerated in the country’s democracy, if we really want to progress in development, alleging that most roads being asphalted are in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) strongholds.

“I want to plead with the government to divide and distribute the national cake equally to all citizens, not only those who voted in their favour,” he charged. The Assembly Member, in an effort to salvage the situation, after several letters to the AMA, Urban Roads Department and Member of Parliament for the area failed to yield results, mobilised some resources from the residents to construct gutters, which were enough to address the poor drainage system in the area.

Another member of the community, Abraham O. Quarmyne, General Manager of Happy Kids School, added that residents have being battling with the poor condition of the roads over decades.

He said his school had lost a substantial number of students to other schools with better access road networks. Mr. Quarmyne explained that some parents opted to remove their children from Happy Kids, because their vehicles develop mechanical faults whenever they brought their children to school. The Managing Director of the school also added that he had written to the necessary authorities, but all his efforts had failed to yield the deserved outcome.