Main road network from Sege in the Greater Accra Region leading to Aveyime-Battor-Mepe traditional areas in the North District of the Volta Region is becoming death trap, with its depressed surface, bumpy rides, filth and pits.
The main road, officially known as Sege-Aveyime-Battor-Mepe road was under the two administrative districts which are North Tongu and Ada West, threatening lives, given its poor nature.
The two district assemblies, according to information available to this news outlet have over the years turned their blind eye on the deteriorating situation on Sege-Aveyime- Bator- Mepe road, although this is the only local access road that links to towns and villages within the two districts.
The Soireenews.com, on a tour of the area, observed that there are deep death trap potholes on the main road, some of them so wide that they could cause a tyre to burst.
From the Sege through Battor Aveyime to Mepe township, the Soireenews.com counted about 150 deep potholes.
Some drivers who ply the route, in an interview with the Soireenews.com, bemoaned the state of the road, stressing that it was not affecting the people in the area.
According to them, the increasing potholes on the road posed a threat to drivers and passengers, adding that the bad nature of the road was adding to the high cost of operating on the road.
"This road is in a deplorable state and become unmotorable after heavy rains. We are complaining the situation is affecting education and businesses in the area.The
motorist, as well as commuters, struggle to ply the roads, especially during the rainy season.
"The road is bad and so we dodge these potholes in order not to damage our vehicles. Any delay in fixing the road will result in the wasting of productive man-hours.
They lamented that the state of the road was an eyesore during the rainy season, saying that the death trap potholes get flooded; the gutters get choked and are too small to contain the huge volumes of rainwater.
This phenomenon has angered chiefs and residents of Battor, Aveyime and Battor areas to accuse the government of neglecting their roads.
The government declared that this year was the year of roads, but they claim they have not received their fair share of the national cake.
They told this news outlet that they have made multiple appeals to authorities for their damaged road to be repaired.
The Chiefs and the residents have, therefore, based on their plights to declare ‘No Road, No Vote’.
He warned that the chiefs and residents would boycott the 2024 general elections if their concerns were not addressed.
“We are sending this warning to the government, specifically the minister, that ‘no road, no vote.' We shall not take part in the elections. The road is not passable by car. It is a threat to our life and livelihood. This is not politics. Our priority is to have access to a good and motorable road.
“Today we have taken a bold step towards becoming active citizens of this town of ours. Battor and Mepe townships link roads have become so bad over the years that commuters, students and workers find it difficult to use them for their daily activities especially when it rains. The few cases of heavy rains this year have rendered the roads worse, if not unmotorable,” they complained.
They amented that several efforts to get the District Assembly to fix the roads had also proved futile.
They alleged that pregnant women had died as a result of the road’s terrible condition.
They noted efforts to petition the Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and the Paramount Chief to intervene have also not yielded any positive results.