Nadia Gifty Ayeh-bisah
Ghana institute of Journalism (GIJ)
Ghana is 60 years old and if you travel abroad, you realized that we’re lagging behind in terms of road infrastructure, so we need to do something about it.
About 61 per cent of roads in the country, have been classified as poor, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, has revealed.
East La is a community in the Tse-Addo District with terrible roads.
Some drivers sometimes, out of frustration, divert to use other roads as a result of the terrible condition of the usual road to their destination, thereby causing problem for passengers who alighted midway during a journey.
I spoke to one of the Commercial drivers who said their vehicles frequently developed faults due to the bad condition of the road, and that made them spend lot of money on maintenance and the purchase of spare parts.
The situation is worse with the setting in of the rains as the roads have become unmotorable causing a lot of problems to users.
Some areas are cut off from the centre of the town whenever it rains, and this has had adverse consequences on, not only the socio-economic development of the area, but also the health of the residents.
Some other areas have to battle for the narrow way for incoming drivers because of the bad nature of the road, Shop owners and traders who sell by the road say they are troubled from dust during sunny days or splashed mud when it rained, as most of the wares and shop have been automatically painted with red dust.
I had an interaction with a passenger, who said the situation had become a big problem for both drivers and passengers, noting, ‘It is better walking than boarding a vehicle within this community.
The community is passionately appealing to the government to come to their aid, by constructing a proper road network in the town.