When night falls at Anwiam Dangombaline, a community in the Oforikrom Municipality of the Ashanti region, the atmosphere gets charged.
Walking on the community’s principal street, one is greeted by sounds of music emanating from shops that dot the shoulders of the road. Observing from afar, it appears all is well with the people here.
About one kilometer from Anloga Junction entering into the Anwiam- Dangombaline township, Oforikrom newsite is on the right turn.
Residents who live on that stretch of the road have for years been crying over the poor nature of their road and drainage system.
They are not only tired battling dust on the road but also concerned with how the road networks are rendered un-motorable whenever it rains. Drivers who ply on that Road are equally worried:
“We have to change our vehicles’ shock absorbers every two weeks. The road is really having a toll on us,” says driver Micheal Awuku.
40-year-old woman who gave her name as Tamiawu is a food vendor whose sell at the roadside said, her concern has to do with battling the dust.
“For the dust issue, it disturbs me as a food seller. I have to be cleaning and washing every minute,” says worried Tamiawu.
A furniture worker, Oboy spirit, shares Tamiawu’s concern. “I have been here all my life. The road has been the same since. During the dry season we battle the dust and whenever the rains set in, the story worsens.”
On March 14, 2021, just a I received a call from a resident, I went there to assess the situation there. With an umbrella over my head and standing under a leaking roof of a kiosk, I stood watching cars that plied the road. For over 15 minutes I stood watching, the only vehicles that I saw passing by were KIA trucks and Pickups.
Hon John Nkatia, Assembly member for the area, told me most drivers fear to use the road when it rains because the main bridge connecting the community divided by a gutter is not in good shape and easily get flooded. The unsafe situation at Anwiam Dangombaline worsened by a gas station built on the way preventing free flow of rain water while the newsite is worsened because of the sawmill factory at the roadside.
Following last year’s deadly flood, authorities from the Regional Security council promised to halt the activities of the gas station. Indeed the gas station is still operating that shows that, nothing has been done on getting the gutter to dispel its contents across the road.
“Our lives are endangered. Anytime it rains, for even 10 minutes, the land gets flooded because the water in the gutter hits at the point of the gas station and returns to flood our homes,” he says.
Isaac Ayamba, also a resident, who insisted on having his say, tells me of another plan – a demonstration!
“We will soon block the Road to embark on a serious demonstration as a way of registering our displeasure over the poor nature of the road,” he says.
Until the appropriate authorities give a listening ear to the residents living on the stretch of the Oforikrom newsite and Anwiam Dangombaline road, we wait but a demonstration by the aggrieved residents.
Story by: Akwadaa Nyame