Photos: Akufo-Addo’s ‘One Road One Dam’ propaganda is affecting quality education

Residents of Jasikan, Kpeve, Have, Hohoe, Nkonya and other adjoining communities in the Oti and Volta regions have described the bad nature of their roads, particularly the Eastern Corridor Road as ‘One Road One Dam.’

According to drivers and motorists who ply the road daily, the bad nature of the roads is affecting quality education and job opportunities in the region.

“Yes! We were all happy when those promises were made. Little did we know this was proper propaganda at its peak,” some of them in an interview with said.

Some of the residents complained about politicians who capitalise on their weaknesses to win power but neglect them after winning power.

A thorough tour to the area revealed that many of the residents find it difficult to transact their day-to-day routine to provide food for their families because of muddy road.

Traders and farmers equally complained about the roads because they found it difficult to transport their harvest to bigger cities for market.

Drivers who are able to move to and fro in the region said they spend much on spare-parts when their vehicles develop faults. Those who are unable to fix theirs are rendered jobless.

The story is not all that bad on other roads. About an hour and thirty minutes’ drive to Atimpoku from Accra is a smooth one but passing through Aboasa, Frankadua to Fintey in the Volta region isn’t easy

The road from Peki to Kpeve is nowhere near standard. Due to this, the inhabitants find it difficult to market their products. The whole town has been engulfed in dust. One could literally taste dust after breathing in air during a journey in the area. Same applies to some parts of roads at Have.

The master of all potholes could be attributed to Hohoe roads. Residents of Satrokofi in the Oti Region just after Hohoe described their roads as ‘One Village One Dam.’

Some Satrokofi inhabitants avoid boarding cars when the rains begin because they cannot complete the journey anyway – huge ponds along the roads render the road difficult to ply.

One man, who spoke to, said some people capitalise on the bad nature of the road to helping drivers whose cars get stuck during their journey for money.

“The state of the bad roads has made businesses slow down making it difficult for us to fend for ourselves,” another woman lamented.

The drivers and motorists also complained of waist pains.

Normally, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to drive from Hohoe to Jasikan, but drivers are using almost two hours to complete the same distance currently.

At the Hohoe taxi and bus station, there were no cars to convey passengers to Jasikan because of poor roads.

The residents, therefore, pleaded with the government to fix their roads to boost economic activities in the area.

Source: Gershon Mortey ||  

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