- "We waited for salvation from government for so long for our seven- kilometre road to no avail. So, we have decided to construct it ourselves."
Bad roads in Ghana, especially away from the regional capitals, continue to be a major problem despite the efforts of successive governments to fix the problem.
According to many of those affected, appeals to the government through their District Chief Executive officers and those in charge usually fail to yield any significant results, apart from mere promises.
Consequently, the chiefs and people of Avatime Gbadzeme in the Ho West District of the Volta Region have taken the initiative to start work on a seven-kilometre road linking the community to Fume on the Eastern Corridor Highway through communal labour.
According to Mr Ernest Dagadu, a resident and Assembly Member of the area, the community decided to take the initiative after attempts to get the authorities to fix the access road failed.
"We waited for salvation from government for so long for our seven- kilometre road to no avail. So, we have decided to construct it ourselves."
Members of the community, including women and children, provided communal labour to fix about two kilometres of the road within a week.
Mr Dagadu said shortage of materials including sand, cement and stone chippings had slowed down progress of work and counting on the promises of the MP for work to continue.
He appealed to the Assembly, benevolent organisations, and individuals to support the road construction.
Mr Dagadu added that the community had long been cut off due to poor telecommunication network and called for help.
He said the community, with more than 2000 people, lived on a single mechanised borehole, whose water was available once a week.
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(myghanalinks, Ghana News Agency)