Residents of Mim community in the Ahafo Region of Ghana may have to wait a little bit more to get their deplorable roads fixed by the government after Ahafo was carved out of Brong Ahafo Region. Mim is a rural area located in the Ahafo Region. Under a newly created Region, it is faced with several challenges including deplorable roads that make many including visitors to abandon the town. The poor nature of the roads, according to some residents, is detrimental and gradually eroding their lives. The residents say they have had several incidents of road accidents, robbery attacks among others when using the road for their daily businesses.

Lives in danger on poor roads

The road is one of the major roads that link several market places and many suburbs and it is used by many. Many lives including pregnant mothers and their babies most times have to choose between death and life when using the road. Most times, many lives are lost, others get miscarriage due to the several portholes and the poor road network.

Road accidents

Motorcycle riders popularly known as ‘Okada men’ and drivers stand to the accusation of the unending road accidents at Mim. Each day, countless road accidents involving motorbikes and cars are recorded. Some passengers through that also lose their lives on the daily encounter. Though it was observed that many riders in the area take tramadol or alcohol before driving and riding, not all the accidents are caused by them.

Dust blocks view

  The dusty nature of these roads in picture depicts and designate how awful the roads in Mim, are. The dust most importantly blocks visibility hence causing collision of vehicles and bikes. It is noted that first time visitors who come to Mim never return after their experience. This according to some residents is a result of the poor road nature.

Road ambassadors?

The roads, indeed, are affecting the inhabitants and visitors. What baffles many is how Ghana has several road ambassadors but yet nothing seems working from their end. Or they are much concerned about certain places. “Instead of the road ambassadors to ensure our roads are in good state, they are rather spending their time stopping cars and checking whether the drivers have licenses or not”, ‘Osofo’ Kofi, a resident stated.

Unemployment and restless youth

However, aside from the bad roads, there is also high unemployment situations in Mim. The rise in the phenomenon according to some adults is leading the youth to engage in social vices. Many are therefore calling on the government to ‘walk the talk’ in order help fix the roads and bring developments to the area. Not until government listens to their pleas, life lost, armed robbery and other social vices will continue to surge in Mim.

Acheampong Drusilla is my name and I am from Mim. I am a young woman who is passionate to become a community journalist and intend to bring stories to the general public how people of Mim are suffering from social amenities. I have come to realisation that no one is ready to take the mantle to do that. Therefore, it is my great wish to do just that. 

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