Opinions Fri, 16 Sep 2011

Pokuase sits on a time bomb

The recent preventable deaths which resulted due to

insanitary conditions in Ghana have thought us no bitter lessons yet. Cholera

had a date with most Ghanaians and unfortunately, the icy hands of death swept

them along with the passing wind.

As we try hard to spare our eyes of further tears, since it

has flooded us impeding our vision, rescission from behaviours which has the

capacity to inflict the pain of losing love ones’ are still feasting with us.

Pokuase is in the Ga West Municipal Assembly of the Trobu –

Amasaman Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, the national capital. The

commuters of the Accra – Nsawam – Kumasi stretch will find this town close to

the road side. Pokuase is on your right hand when driving out of Accra, and left


when entering the capital. It has

experienced her fair share of unpopular accidents in the recent past. But,

thanks to the speed ramps erected lately.

Irrespective of the bad roads linking the Pokuase Township to

its satellite villages, such as Mayera and Osofiaman, there is nothing like

treated pipe water, except mechanized boreholes. This is largely supplemented

with water from a river on the outskirts of the town towards the Ministry of

Food and Agriculture Research station. Nsakyi, as the river is christened

serves not only the inhabitants of Pokuase, but the entire satellite villages.

Inhabitants, though gets their source of water mostly from the Nsakyi river,

but as usual insanitary behaviours prevail along the banks with all the


impunity. The business of ignoring the dangers of such attitudes as usual

continues unabated. Most food venders get their water supply from truck

pushers, who with their dirty pig feet drums walk in to the river accompanied

with their vehicle of trade. Commercial vehicles are washed daily by the river

without any apprehension and action to get these recalcitrant’s to rescind this

unhygienic practice.

Drainage in Pokuase has been a pain in the neck of the

citizens there. When there is a heavy or light down pour the poor road network

serves as the substitute. There is the construction of drain throughout the

township to bring about sanity. Unfortunately the drain has been directed into

the Nsakyi River. This is dangerous a situation. If the recent cholera outbreak


which took hundreds of lives of love ones is anything to go by, then

authorities should act now. The sad aspect of letting the outlet of the gutter

into the river is that the villages such as Blema Ayamaso will inadvertently be

at the receiving end. The expectation is for the authorities of the Ga West

Municipality to act now to avert any pandemic. We are yet to recover from the

cholera epidemic in the Greater Accra Region, though there are pockets of

outbreaks in some parts of the country. There should be nothing like, ‘Let’s

wait and see’. No such entertainment.

In spite of the above, the road connecting Pokuase to Mayera

is very bad and currently commercial vehicles commuting daily on this route

visit the mechanic workshop as to the gasoline station. The construction of

this stretch of the road was completed a little over four years ago. But it

started to deteriorate soon after being opened officially for usage. That

sharply suggests that, there was shoddy work done on the part of the

contractor. The Municipal Assembly tried recently to improve on the condition

of the road, but what should be done is the total ripping off of the coating on

the surface to keep it smooth. When there is a down pour the road becomes


We the people of Pokuase and its environs deserve better. Our

health is equally at risk, please save our souls now.

Patrick Twumasi


Columnist: Twumasi, Patrick