More than 13 communities in the Awuro Camp Electoral Area, in the Central Region, have made an urgent appeal to the government to rehabilitate the bad wooden bridges in the area and also rehabilitate their roads.
They made the appeal when the opinion leaders and some community members led a team of newsmen to inspect a portion of the bad road, the dilapidated bridges on the Obou and Obosomfo Rivers, shortly after a communal labour.
The residents cleared weeds along the roads, desilted gutters and filled potholes.
Nene Samuel Kwasi Donkor, Odikro (sub-chief) of Akwateykrom, in the Assin South District, told the newsmen that the bridges linked the communities to the neighbouring districts and the district capital, Assin Fosu.
He listed the communities as Akwateykrom, Obosomfo, Obour, Assin Ningo, Jasikain, Krokos, Jerusalem, Kramokrom Awuroso Junction, Sergeant, Nyamebekyere and Janese.
Nene Donkor said the communities were fed up with politicians who visited the area during elections to give vain promises, adding, “Bridges are of strategic significance’ they are strategic national assets, as they do not only connect communities, but also other major commercial towns.”
According to him, the weak wooden bridges had now become death traps, and heavy trucks could no longer evacuate cocoa, charcoal and foodstuff to the marketing centres, while mini-buses carrying passengers and buses with school children also crossed the bridges with difficulty.
“Fixing the two bridges on the Obou and Obosomfo Rivers on time will help to restore social life and commercial activities in the communities to better our lot,” he stated.
Mr. Robert Kwadwo Tetteh the Assembly Member said the Awuro Camp was the largest electoral area in the Assin South District, but the assembly and the Members of Parliament had always neglected them.
“We have no meaningful social amenities,” he said, adding that the people needed potable water, schools, markets, clinics public toilets, community centres, good roads and electrification.