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Bad roads put stress on economic activities of residents in Amoma

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com | Nasiba Yakubu

The residents of Amoma in the Brong Ahafo Region have complained about the strain on their economic activities as a result of their bad roads.

Speaking to Joy News, many of the farmers and traders in the area said they have ceased going to the market to trade because movement on the road is slow, giving armed robbers the chance to attack at any point.

Many farmers stated that the drivers increase the usual fare before they carry their goods to the market because of the road.

“What bothers us in this town is the bad road, because of the road, drivers double the fares for us because their cars get faulty after a journey on the road,” Cecelia Osei, a trader told Joy News’ Anas Sabit.

She lamented that she and other traders usually end up with spoilt harvests because they cannot pay the fare to the market.

Some drivers who spoke to Joy News said movement on the road is extremely difficult and dangerous especially when it rains.

Kwasi Poku, a driver, said “when it is raining heavily drivers have to park their cars and wait for the rain to pass, usually in health emergencies, we struggle to take patients to higher health facilities.”

 

He complained that the road since Busia’s era have not been taken care of and pleaded that government to fix the roads.

Other drivers raised concerns that they are always repairing their vehicles because of damages to their car. They added that armed robbers have resulted to hiding alongside the roadside where they steal from people.

“The presence of armed robbers has prevented traders from outside to come into town. They get to do this because drivers move slowly as they have to maneuver carefully on the road,” Kwabena Yeboah, a driver stated.

He added that “I was nearly killed by these robbers and my car because of this was severely damaged, I had to spend lots of money to repair it.”

Frank, another driver, told Joy News that he has also suffered attacks from armed robbers and lots money on repairs.

“I would have sped if the road was good to avoid the robbers,” he explained

These residents have pleaded with government to fix their roads for them as it has endangered their lives and sources of livelihood.

Reports from Anas Sabit showed that erosion caused by heavy rains has created a gully which will divide the road into two portions if not attended to.

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