Fix Sempoameensa roads – Residents

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Poor Road
Poor Road

Drivers and commuters in Sempoameensa Electoral Area in the New Juaben South Municipality have urged the Authority to fix deteriorating roads in the area to make economic activities thrive.

Sempoameensa is one of the communities in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, with a poor road network.

Residents and drivers are lamenting over the condition of the roads and called on the Government to intervene immediately.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), a resident, Mr Peter Agamba, said the bad nature of the road was putting the lives of pedestrians and passengers at risk.

He said the situation was riskier because of the increasing number of potholes and erosion of the untarred roads.

Mr Agamba said: “Billowing dust is posing health hazards, and the roads become muddy and slippery when the rains set in. This makes it difficult for both people and vehicles to ply the roads, thus increasing travel time and attendant economic cost.”

Mr Enoch Kumi, a taxi driver, said though drivers and vehicle owners pay road worthy levies, the road network had been very poor over the days,

As a result, he said, cars often break down, raising concerns over maintenance or repair costs.

“The growing wear and tear of vehicles expose sick and pregnant persons to imminent danger when conveying them for healthcare services,” Mr Kumi lamented.

Mr Alexander Opoku-Twum, Assemblyman for Sempoameensa Electoral Area, told the GNA that the attention of the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly had been drawn to the state of the roads, culminating in the Assembly surveying it.

“However, we are still waiting for action. Together with the chief, Nana Kwame Nkansah Odikro of Sempoameensa, we went to the Urban Roads,” he said but they told us there was no money to pay contractors,” Mr Opoku-Twum said.

He said some of the bridges under construction in 2006 have been left uncompleted. Most of the bridges are located at Zenana Guest Hotel, Apenkwa, Kof Royal Touch Hotel and Kristo Asafo.

In 2019, some of the roads were under construction at Koforidua Poly, Monrovia and Apenkwa, but they were left uncompleted leaving the roads dusty.

Mr Opoku-Twum, therefore, called on the government to provide the community with good road networks to improve security, health care delivery and economic activities.

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