Story from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
Residents of Dokrochiwa in the Ayensuano Constituency of the Eastern Region have made a passionate appeal to the government to relieve them from their continuous unbearable living conditions.
According to the people, their livelihood is characterised by lack of potable water, healthcare, educational facilities, good roads and toilet facilities, which are difficult to come by.
A visit to the community recently by the Eastern File revealed that the residents, to a large extent, depend on water from a valley that dries up often, and, most especially, during the dry season.
Some concerned people in the community said that the damaged roads and bridges are having a negative effect on businesses in the area, hence their call on the government to come to their aid as early as possible.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Dokrochiwa, Nana Baffour Anum, said these problems have been in existence for a very long time, but nothing has done about them, notwithstanding the numerous appeals by the people.
Nana Baffour Anum continued that he and his elders have made it known to several radio stations to help the town in making the situation known to the government, but it appears there is no help in sight.
He said it got to a time the youth in the community wanted demonstrate, but the elders advised them not to proceed.
“Our community is a large producer of cocoa, so if our roads are not in good shape, it will be very difficult to export harvested cocoa to the factories in the cities. The entire community is appealing to the government to please come to their aid,” he appealed.
He added that the bridge which links the Asamankese and Suhum road is badly affected, because of this, and the road has become less, busy affecting traders around that area.
As if that is not enough, the only health centre, a building which belongs to the Ghana Cocoa Board, has not seen any major renovation works in its almost over 20 years in existence.
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