..As Roads, Gutters & Drain Turn Death-Traps Residents Threaten Massive Demo
By Alfred Dogbey
Residents of Weija/Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region are threatening to hit the street for a massive demonstration against their leaders over deteriorating roads network and terrifying gutters and drain that have become death traps in the area.
Several portions of the roads and pathway in the constituency were completely cut off by rain which created deep holes and posing danger to the residents, without recourse to action by either the Member of Parliament (MP) or the city authorities.
Residents threatened that, they would embark on a nonstop demonstration if authorities did not find an immediate solution to the problem.
A visit by The Herald to some parts of the community like Dzen Ayorn, CP, New-Gbawe, also known as Lafa, Top-Base, New Weija, Ash-Bread, Ayigbe Town, Bulemle and others areas upon persistent complaints received from residents revealed unpleasant spectacles.
At Dzen Ayorn, near the Assemblies of God, Redemption Temple- Gbawe, The Herald witnessed that, the main road which links to the church and residential areas, mostly used by cars and the people could not be accessed any longer.
The Herald observed that, the bridge at the area has gotten damaged and has virtually developed into a stream, as the life of school kids are in danger.
The devastating situation, residents told The Herald was arrive at as a result of unwillingness and failure by their leaders to pay attention to and response to the critical perennial issues affecting the development of the area over the years.
The resident pastor at the Redemption Temple, Rev. Acquah Mensah explained that the situation is life threatening having a telling effect on everybody in the community.
According to him, several appeals to authorities including the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Maama Rosemond for assistance re-engineer the bridge to allow free flow proved futile, even though the church was prepared to partner anybody to get the bridge done.
Rev. said on many occasions, where when the engineers from the assembly have been sent to desilt the gutters, they shockingly demand money from the residents and the church before doing the job.
Mr. Okona Frimpong, another frustrated resident lamented that, the deteriorating situation of the community has also been there and often gets worsen during rainy seasons but without anyone’s concern despite several appeals and petitions to the authorities.
He said, the community constantly agitates against the terrible nature of the constituency which has been a great danger to everyone but no avail.
He said, not long ago, the residents have contributed to buy cement and done some renovation works to support the bridge, but could not solve the problem, as the last rain had destroyed everything again.
Residents described the holes as manholes, demanding an immediate attention before any disaster could occur which may result into loss of lives.
The assemblyman for Dzen Ayorn Electoral Area, Paul Owusu Tawiah who also took The Herald round some of the deplorable areas described the development as very worrying.
Mr. Owusu Tawiah said even though he has been indisposed for about two years now, he has not relent on his duties and responsibilities of bringing to attention, the challenges of his people.
At another location also visited, called Bethel House in McCarthy Hill near the Weija Leprosarium, the situation was not different, as shallow drains have turned into ditches which were scattered all over the area.
Unfortunately, that particular stretch of the road is regular being used by Jayee University College students a number of student hostels are located at the vicinity of the ditch.
Meanwhile, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Ga South Municipal Assembly (GSMA), Elliot Adom explained to The Herald that the assembly is currently cash trapped.
In a dramatic explanation, he told The Herald that it is the responsibility of Ministry of Work and Housing, under hydro division to construct all primary gutters, but not the assembly.
However, he said the Netherlands government under the WASH programme has been given a contract to construct the Barley Stream which will bring to the end, the issues of floods in the municipality.
The project, the assembly’s spokesperson said is expected to commence by the next. According to him, engineers from the assembly together with counterparts from urban roads engineers are currently working on the drawing after which it would go through tender.