Ofaakor residents, drivers lament over poor roads

Ofaakor (C/R), Nov. 25, GNA – Drivers and residents in Ofaakor in the Awutu Senya East District of the Central Region have appealed to the government to fix the roads in the area.







They said the roads had been in a continuous state of deterioration for more than three years and it was affecting their health and destroying their vehicles.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the community on Tuesday, it observed that a significant portion of the asphalted road had been washed away.

Nearly every portion of the road had developed deep gullies with the main Kasoa to Bawjiase road and the Jei River road that connects Ofaakor to the seat of local government equally in bad shape with its attendant traffic jam as drivers snaked slowly to avoid bumping into potholes.

A taxi driver, Mr Kofi Asiamah, could not understand why “big men” frequented the community but were not ready to fix roads.

“The Bawjiase road is even worse. In fact, none of the roads in the Awutu Senya East District is good.

“The streetlights brought barely two months ago are not working. They are not doing what is required of them and even the little they do is done poorly. We are pleading with the government to come and fix the roads,” he said.

Another taxi driver, Mr Abraham Donkor, who described the nature of the roads as a “major problem”, lamented that the roads were spoiling their vehicles and that countless complaints in the past had yielded no results.

“Personally, I have had problems with my bolt joints, steering rack ends, lower arm and shafts due to the potholes on the road. We need the government to help us,” he added.

Mr Ebenezer Adai, a cosmetics seller, said the dust that emanated from the roads was unbearable and he had to clean the items every second and called on the government to come to their aid.

Throwing more light on the issue, Ms Hawa Iddrisu, the Assemblywoman for the Kasoa-Ofaakor Electoral Area, said she had received assurance from the Member of Parliament for the area, Ms Mavis Hawa Koomson that the Kasoa to Eklu Nkwanta road would be asphalted.

However, she noticed that the machines that had been parked along the roads, ostensibly to fix the roads, had been taken away, which compelled her to approach the Assembly.

She said aggrieved drivers and market women also complained of bodily pains each time they used the road.

“The potholes are too many. Even if they can’t do the asphalt now, Ms Koomson and the MCE should find a grader to level it for us. The situation is so bad that we will be happy if it is done right now,” Ms Iddrisu added.

GNA