Walking on the community’s principal street, one is greeted by sounds of music emanating from shops that dot the shoulders of the road. Observing from afar, it appears all is well with the people here.
About one kilometer from Abuakwa roundabout entering into the Abakomadi township, Nkawie Road is on the left turn.
Residents who live on that stretch of the road have for years been crying over the poor nature of their road and drainage system.
They are not only tired battling dust on the road during dry season but also concerned with how the road networks are rendered un-motorable whenever it rains.
Taxi drivers who ply the Road are equally worried:
“We have to change our vehicles’ shock absorbers every two weeks. The road is really having a toll on us,” says driver Atta Kwakye.
For Awudu Karim, the drivers have resolved to vote against the government if the road does not get the necessary attention.
72-year-old retired police officer Micheal Offei at police hospital is now a chemical seller whose shop is close to the road. He says his major concern has to do with battling the dust.
“For the dust issue, it disturbs me as a chemical seller. I have to be cleaning every day,” says worried Micheal Offei.
Attaa Maame, who sells foodstuffs, shares Offei’s concern. “I have been here (selling along the Abakomadi road) for thirteen years years now. The road has been the same since. During the dry season we battle the dust and whenever the rains set in, the story worsens.”
On May 20, 2020, just a day after I interviewed the Abakomadi residents, I went there to assess the situation there.
With an umbrella over my head and standing under a leaking roof of a kiosk, I stood watching cars that plied the road. For over 20 minutes I stood watching, the only vehicles that I saw passing by were KIA trucks and Pickups.
Diana Owusu, a resident, tells me most drivers fear to use the road when it rains because the main bridge connecting the community divided by a gutter is not in good shape and easily get flooded. The unsafe situation there is worsened by a temporal structures built by some squatters on the way preventing free flow of rain water.
Following last year’s deadly flood, authorities in the district promised to halt the activities of the squaters. Indeed they does not use the structure any longer, Diana noted that nothing has been done on getting the gutter to dispel its contents across the mean bridge.
“Our lives are endangered. Anytime it rains, for even 10 minutes, the land gets flooded because the water in the gutter hits at the point of the structure and returns to flood our homes,” she says.
Madam Naomi, also a resident, who insisted on having his say, tells me of another plan - a demonstration!
“We will soon block the Road to embark on a serious demonstration as a way of registering our displeasure over the poor nature of the road,” she says.
Until the appropriate authorities give a listening ear to the residents living on the stretch of the Abakomadi road, at New Site, we wait but a demonstration by the aggrieved residents.
Story filed by Akwadaa Nyame (Silver Fm)