Buokrom-Quarry Express Residents Lament over Lack of Good Roads and Security
Residents of Buokrom-Quarry in the Manhyia-North Constituency of the Ashanti region, have expressed grave concern about the condition of the roads linking their community to South Africa, Truba, and surrounding environs.
The area which used to be a quarry site has in recent years seen a spring of homes since operations of the quarry closed.
The community’s nearness to the main Kenyasi-Airport Roundabout stretch, precisely the Bola Junction, makes it a preferred choice for commercial activities.
Speaking to Fox FM’s Isaac Nsiah Foster, some residents intimated that successive governments have over the years, abandoned their community in terms of development.
“Our daily activities have not just ground to a halt, but also we’ve been cut-off from other communities since vehicles are no longer able to ply the bridge that connects us to Mamponteng, Kenyasi especially. We’ve had to walk for several distances before reaching our homes or resort to hiring taxi cabs, which come at a huge cost”, a resident mentioned.
“Since the bridge caved in 3 years ago, no authority has thought it prudent, to reconstruct it. The situation worsens during heavy downpours with its resultant flooding. Drivers and commuters have no choice but to use the Quarry road, opposite the market which is still under construction”, Lucy Duah added.
According to the Assembly Member for the area, Samuel Okoso the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has assured him that the Quarry-Truba link road has been awarded to a contractor who will be starting work this year.
Meanwhile, another unfortunate incident, the Quarry residents have to grapple with, is insecurity; despite the presence of a police station in neighbouring Buokrom Estates.
A community watchdog committee has failed to function, leaving residents at the mercy of criminals, who rob them of their hard-earned revenue and properties virtually every day.