Commuters decry deplorable state of Hohoe-Fodome road


Some drivers and motor riders plying the Hohoe to Fodome road, have complained about the terrible nature of the road barely a year and half after it was tarred.

They say the current state of the road not only slows down their journey, but also increases the cost and shortens the period of maintenance on their vehicles.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the deteriorated portions of the 12- kilometre road, saw ‘volunteers’ filling some of the widened and deepened potholes on the road to enable drivers to have at least a good journey.

The leader of the volunteers, Mr Samuel Kwame Klu, told the GNA that they realised how difficult it was for drivers to ply the road and decided to offer their help.

He said they began filling the potholes from Fodome Helu and were heading to Dzengana, a suburb of Hohoe, which is approximately eight kilometres, adding that drivers told them they were having challenges on the portion of the road they were currently working on.

Mr Klu said since they had no work to do, they also planned to help fill the potholes so drivers could also give them ‘peanut’ for their survival.

Although he could not disclose how much they make daily, it was observed that some drivers, riders and passengers give them GHC1 while others ignore their ‘services’.

Mr Kwadzo Lukman, a driver from Ho heading to Hohoe, said the nature of the road had affected business, adding that some of their goods fell off as a result of the bad road, while calling on the government to intervene and make sure construction works resumed and the road, properly worked on.
Master Bright Agbeko, a motor rider, described the current state of the road as “too bad”, which caused a lot of accidents since some drivers trying to dodge the potholes, entered lanes of oncoming vehicles.

Mr Kwasi Egbare, a taxi driver, who was spotted trying to fix his vehicle, said they were suffering due to the state of the road, he had to visit the mechanic shop frequently and urged the contractor to return to site to fully complete the works.

Some passengers say the nature of the road with the dust accompanying it, makes their journey a tiring one.

A motor rider, Kpormorne Abudzo, said he always felt pain after a day’s work due to the nature of the road, adding that accidents also occurred on the road and hoped that urgent steps would be taken to make the road safe and motorable.

GNA checks revealed that although coal tar chippings were heaped at a site along the said road, it is not clear if they were there for the purpose of construction works.

No construction workers nor equipment were seen on the road as at the time of the visit

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