Chiefs and residents in the Sene West District in the Bono East Region are calling on the government to immediately rehabilitate the 36-kilometer Atebubu-Kwame Danso road as the stretch has now turned into a death trap.
Speaking with MyNewsGh.com, Nana Owusu Sakyi III poured out their frustrations over the delayed rehabilitation of the road which is the only road is linking them to major city centre
“We are losing precious lives annually as a result of the poor state of this road. Its current state is also deterring numerous potential investors and development partners – both foreign and local. Of course, criminals are also taking undue advantage of the poor state of the road, robbing commuters of the road at gunpoint”, he told MyNewsGh.com
He added that the government should not underestimate the fact that the current state of the road is making it very difficult to transport patients during emergency situations. The unnecessary delays women in labour encounter and the inconveniences associated with constantly running into “manholes” while using the road may be a component cause of the annual maternal mortalities we have on our hands.
“I have lost count of the number of times the construction of this road got captured in annual budgets of successive governments, and yet funds have never been made available for its construction”, he lamented.
The Atebubu Amantin-Kwame Danso road is bumpy and dusty and riddled with potholes, while erosion has eaten large parts of it, rendering it difficult and dangerous to drive on.
When it rains, part of the road is covered with water, exposing motorists and passengers to the risk of accidents.
The road has also become a prime area for armed robbers, with reports of some traders and farmers being attacked.