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From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor

Pix: Some unscrupulous persons winning sand by the road. (inset) A portion of the eroded road

The Aburi-Nsawam road in the Akuapem South Municipality is gradually becoming a death trap for road users, particularly, drivers and commuters.

The road, which has not seen any rehabilitation since its construction some many years ago, is developing gully erosion, with its consequences of serious danger for motorists.

It was gathered by the file that attempts by the previous government to give the road a facelift, has rather worsened the situation, as the contractor working on it has left the exercise half way through, to the surprise of many residents.

The situation has increased the plight of motorists, as portions of the road have developed gullies and potholes as a result of erosion from the frequent downpour of rain.
A journey which supposed to take 30 minutes, from Aburi to Nsawam, takes not less than two hours, creating serious inconveniences for commuters.

As if that is not enough, drivers are taken advantage of the bad state of the road to charge exorbitant fares from commuters, many of whom are farmers, but the commuters say they would not rush to call these drivers names, as well as begrudging them, since they (commuters) would have done the same if in their shoes.

Some the drivers who spoke to the file expressed their sadness at taking excessive fares from the poor residents, but to them little could be done, since the state of the road has been causing many mechanical problems for them, with its resultant expenses.

Some residents of the area have launched a passionate appeal to the government to ensure that the road is rehabilitated, to help prevent accidents.

Interestingly, some unscrupulous individuals of the area have taken advantage of the situation to win the sand caused by erosion for the construction of their buildings and the moulding of concrete blocks.

It appears that all is not lost, as snippets of information from the corridors of the Assembly indicate that the road has been re-awarded to a different contractor, and very soon work would begin on it.

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