Homeowners and residents residing in the Agbogba Cosway area within the Dome Kwabenya constituency in the Greater Accra Region have taken it upon themselves to address the deplorable state of the road extending from the Agbogba Police Post intersection to the Academic City University intersection.
Having endured substandard road conditions for an extended period without government intervention, the 350 residents and homeowners decided to initiate construction efforts independently, utilizing their own financial resources.
Pooling together an amount close to GH¢80,000, the community members have engaged the services of a contractor to undertake the necessary road improvement works on their behalf.
An Executive Member of the Resident’s Association of Agbogba Cosway, Jerry Odotei, expressed disappointment in the government’s lack of attention to the community’s infrastructure development needs.
He highlighted the adverse impact of the dilapidated road on residents’ health, emphasizing that their vehicles had suffered damage due to the poor road conditions.
Mr. Odotei explained that despite their numerous attempts to draw the government’s attention to the road’s condition, all efforts had proven futile. Consequently, the community mobilized funds to address the issue independently.
“Our road is part of the ECOWAS Highways, which was constructed to a certain point. The Agbogba Police Post intersection to the Academic City University intersection was neglected. We have been complaining to get it fixed, but all efforts have proved futile,” said Mr. Odotei.
He disclosed that the community raised GH¢45,000 in the initial phase of mobilization and an additional GH¢32,000 in the second phase.
With these funds, they have hired a contractor to begin the road repair work, starting with the use of a grader and the purchase of necessary materials.
Mr. Odotei emphasized that there is more work to be done and called on individuals and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to provide assistance in addressing the overall road conditions in the community.
The Residents’ Association of Agbogba Cosway made a plea for help, expressing their sense of neglect by the authorities.
“All our vehicles are now faulty due to the bad roads, and we have been cut off from other communities including Ashongman Estates, Kwabenya, Ashaley Botwe, and beyond. So we decided to fix the roads ourselves by mobilizing some funds. In the first mobilization, we got GH¢45,000, and in the 2nd phase of mobilization, we had GH¢32,000. This morning we hired a grader and bought some stones. The contractor is working on the road.”
“We still need help; we have been neglected,” the Residents’ Association of Agbogba Cosway appealed.