ANONO LAMENTS ON POOR KUMASI-SUNYANI HIGHWAY IN GRIEF



The sudden death of female dancehall artistEbony through a fatal accident,   has ignited a native of Berekum living and teaching at St Augustine College, Paul Ofori-Amanfo to call the mandate of the Ghana Highways to duty with this piece...

I'm finding it extremely difficult bringing myself to reality. The guilt...the trauma...the disappointment... The sorrow. Indeed my heart is heavy. To think of posting this here after loosing an iconic songstress, Ebony Reigns...truly a stitch in time they say saves nine. After all, I'd have been justified if the campaign had been started just three days ago than today... Three days ago, I woke up around 3am. No matter how hard I tried, I still lay in bed and could sleep. As my mind kept winding and travelling around, it landed on something.

 I was immediately seized with discontentment, rage, bitternerss and the likes of many such bad feelings...this was as a result of the thought of many travels I've had to embark on in recent times, especially to my hometown Berekum, in the Brong Ahafo Region. ..I thought of how I've had to drive at night due to circumstances beyond me from Berekum to Cape Coast where I work...I thought of how I've been protected by God on this stretch of road I've been using quite often- Cape Coast- Kumasi and Kumasi- Berekum...

 I had wanted this thought to also flash through just as the others had while I continued to lay in my bed, but as I said earlier it wouldn't because of these terrible feelings it generated in me. So I stayed a little while trying to focus a little more on these frequent journeys to my hometown enroute this stretch of road. I noticed i had subjected myself to dangerous and perilous journeys...

The roads are so so full of potholes; there are no road markings and visibility is so poor at night especially when it rains... The stretch from Cape Coast to Kumasi has been improved in many places, with many of the potholes fixed and the road markings put in place in some of the places.


So I told myself, that means, the Ghana Highways Authority in the Central Region is awake to some extent, trying to be proactive, at least also after several needless deaths have been recorded due to the poor nature of that road. So I could say for now, as far as that stretch of the road for my trips are concerned, I could heave some sigh of relief perhaps momentarily... Hmmm...the rainy season will set in soon and I know the potholes will resurface.

 My mind kept fixed on the Kumasi-Sunyani-Berekum road. It's indeed a death trap and has been so for many years now. Discontented in my thoughts because that road has seen apparent neglect unlike other roads of similar nature and class and standard in the country. I was bitter because it looked like we didn't have leaders in the Ashanti/Brong Ahafo Regions.

 Do we have Ghana Highways Authorities in these regions? And yet that road continues to be in that state?... Deadly potholes...?with no road markings...? Visibility becomes so poor- one could hardly see anything driving at night especially when it rains...with the potholes and no road markings, the situation becomes compounded and even deadlier knowing you're driving in Ghana where most drivers drive at night with no regard for regulating their headlights ...whether upon approaching an oncoming vehicle or driving behind one, many have no knowledge of dimming their lights...it's always on high...oh Ghana... That dawn, I thought of embarking on a sustained campaign to get that road fixed...the title of my campaign was going to be an antagonistic one..."On a Collision Course with Ghana Highways Authority "...

That was my mind...I thought of rallying all the media houses in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions, and the drivers and the many people/passengers who ply that route behind me to get the appropriate authorities to fix that road.

 There are three tollbooths on that stretch of the road, which I know feeds the road fund fattily... Why have tollbooths on a road that cannot be maintained or repaired even from minor breaches such as potholes not to talk of bringing back the road markings whenever the need arises? ...so I thought of a rebellion...inciting especially the drivers and other people of like mind to one day, highjack the tollbooths on that road simultaneously in a demonstration, to get the needed attention of the authorities to do the right thing...Maybe, the only language heads of Ghanaian institutions understand is a demonstration/revolt... I thought of something being done before a catastrophic accident happens involving a high profile personality ....whose death I knew could be one of the sources of pressures to get the right thing to be done...I had wanted to prevent this alternative... Oh I had I known... Ebony Reigns...

I can't forgive myself for not starting this campaign before you had used that road...maybe you would have been cautioned that that road could deadly... Forgive me...may God grant your bustling and latented soul eternal rest...your latest, "Maame Hwe" at least attempted to change some perceptions some people held about you, and some of us were happy for you and your fans. Then thought to myself, this approach especially being started on social media, would be too harsh, sudden, unacademic, and a little unorthodox of my style.



 So I concluded, I would write an official letter to the Ghana Highways Authority, and copy the Ashanti/Brong Ahafo regional offices, and give them an "ultimatum" after whose expiration would have compelled me to go the second route of the use of social media, the radio stations and the" demonstration"/ rebellion to seek the needed attention/redress...

 But alas, it was an action never to be in time. I remember nearly killing myself on that spot where I'm hearing Ebony must have crashed...I hear of a heap of soil in one lane of the road which they were trying to avoid for which their car veered into another lane and crashed into the oncoming vehicle ....that heap of soil..apparently brought there to fix that portion of the road which is terribly deadly because of a gully that has almost eaten into the road....hmmm....nearly got me killed too...barely three weeks ago when I last used the road...

 #GhanaHighwaysAuthority #fixkumasisunyaniroadnow. It could have been me... Ebony Reigns,rest calmly. I can't eat.

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