Pregnant women sit on bikes while in labour at Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese

The continuous failure of the government to construct the road that connects Abakrampa to its adjoining communities in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of Central Region has created uncomfortable health, economic and social situations for the people in the district.

Investigations conducted by Today show that it has now become an accepted norm to see heavily pregnant women being carried on motorbikes and bicycles for long distances to hospitals during labour.

This frightening situation, the paper gathered, was due to the deplorable state of roads in the area.

The situation has further been compelled by the fact many commercial drivers have resolved not to ply the area because of the terrible nature of the roads.  Today further discovered that this development was not only limited to pregnant women, but also experienced by heavily sick persons in the towns and villages within the district.

In an interview with Today, the Chief of the area, Nana Amoesi II, attributed the situation to the “failed and empty promises” by the government to construct their roads.

Consequently, the obviously angry chief gave a 14-day ultimatum to the ruling government to, as a matter of urgency, fashion out measures to fix the deplorable roads in the area or face their wrath.

According to him, the roads, particularly the ones in Abakrampa community, have become death traps, making life extremely difficult for residents and drivers who ply on them.

He indicated that the government has “woefully neglected” Abakrampa, with a population of 10,000 people, for a very long time.  That, according to the chief, would force the chiefs and people in the district to stage a massive demonstration to protest the poor state of roads.

“Our pregnant women and sick persons are also dying as a result of the bad nature of the roads in the district and so if we do not see any improvement on them then we will embark on a massive demonstration and we will make sure we sustain it till the right things are done,” he warned.

The chief fumed that: “The government is behaving as if we, the people of the Abakrampa community, are not part of Ghana; our roads are very poor to the extent that residents always find it extremely difficult to ply on them to do their businesses.”

Nana Amoesi II explained that the peasant farmers who produce oranges, banana, pineapple, plantain, cassava and other foodstuff have over the years become very poor due to the bad nature and deplorable state of their road network which connects Abakrampa and its surrounding communities.

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU 

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