‘Deteriorating’ Teshie-Manet road causing miscarriages, asthma

By Lorlornyofm June 21, 2017 09:41

‘Deteriorating’ Teshie-Manet road causing miscarriages, asthma

Residents of Teshie in Accra say their health is at risk because of the deteriorating nature of the Teshie-Manet link road which serves as a major link to places within the city.

The 7-kilometre road is in such a deplorable condition that it is increasingly becoming difficult for commuters and motorists to use it.

A visit by Joy News’ Jennifer Akuamoah to that stretch of the road Tuesday reveals it has developed potholes large enough to affect any vehicle including a 4×4.

Some motorists who spoke to Joy News said promises by past governments to have the road fixed during election years have not been fulfilled.

“The road is very terrible, very bad,” a driver said, adding the broken promises of previous governments have made it difficult to believe the road would ever be fixed.

The taxi driver said his business has been negatively impacted because he has not been successful in using the road for close to a week without taking his vehicle for repairs.

Another driver explained, “If it rains we can’t use the road, you have to park your car, I think the Ministers and whoever is using big cars use the road, but those of us using small cars can’t do anything here.”

The concerns of the motorists were corroborated by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku, Dr Okoe Boye who said the LEKMA Hospital is teeming with patients for various diseases caused by the bumpy nature of the road.

He said some residents have had miscarriage and others have asthma due to the constant inhaling of the dust on the bumpy road.

The lawmaker said he has scheduled a meeting with the Roads Minister this week to find a way of fixing the road which is a major concern of residents.

Meanwhile, the Director in charge of Urban Roads at the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly, Domingo Leketey told Joy News the Assembly’s hands are tied until the Finance Ministry releases funds owed the contractors working on the road.

He said the road that connects commuters to places such as Spintex, East Legon and Madina was 30 percent complete before the contractor abandoned work due to some financial challenges.

Mr Leketey said the contractors would move to site if their concerns are addressed by the new Roads Minister.

Date: 20-06-2017 Time: 08:06:46:pm

By Lorlornyofm June 21, 2017 09:41
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