Fx the Diamond Cement Road – Residents

Akporkploe (VR) Residents along the Aflao Police Station-Diamond Cement Road have urged the Ketu South Municipal Assembly to get the deplorable road fixed.

They said they had endured the consequences of the bad road for a long time, including difficulty and pains in travelling to other parts and health implications from the dust.

Some residents who spoke to the Ghana News Agency during a visit said they could not understand why an international brand, Diamond Cement Ghana Limited (DCGL), would remain in such a state for so long.

A lady known only as Davi Sylvia, a resident, said she and other residents of Akporkploe and nearby communities had suffered long enough.

“It’s hard for me and other pregnant women to at a point, travel to Aflao because of the pains we feel in the stomach. We eat and drink dust and I’m sure you experienced that when you were coming. You cannot wear white attire to travel on this road due to the dust and when it rains too, muddy water splashes on it.”

Mr Kofi Agbemador, Chairman of Akporkploe Motor riders, said the dusty and potholes-riddled road kept giving them problems, including economic challenges.

“Heavy trucks ply this road daily to and from the cement company worsening the already bad road. We spend more on maintenance, the dust clouds visibility. They sprinkle water on the road in front of the company morning and evening but no. When it rains, we risk getting stuck in the mud with our passengers.”

Dumega Daniel Geli, an opinion leader in the area, said they had for years, tried to get the Assembly and DCGL to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Mr T. Rama Rao, the General Manager of DCGL, mentioned tax obligations, salary payments and high operation costs among others as the reason the Company could not fix the 5-Km road saying, doing so would be much burden for them.

He explained that though the agreement was for the government to fix the road, the Company since its existence in 2002, occasionally carried out repair works on the road to make it motorable.

Mr Elliot Edem Agbenornu, Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, assured that the road was being reinforced with a concrete surface to make it withstand the weight from heavy machines due to the presence of the factory.

It will be fixed in due course, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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