The deplorable state of roads leading to Sokoban Wood Village and it's environs within the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly of Ashanti Region is said to be severely affecting economic activities within the metropolis.
The present condition of the roads not only poses a challenge to trading and economic activities for the people in the Sokoban wood village, but has also been described as a death-trap for drivers and traders who ply the roads on daily basis.
Traders and wood workers, the worst affected, say the ‘unmotorable’ state of the roads has resulted in several losses as a result of the difficulties and challenges they go through to cart trading and goods to surrounding market centres.This development, according to some of the wood workers, often leaves them cash-strapped and hopeless -- compelling many of them to question whether the area is indeed part of the Metropolis.
On a recent visit by Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame to Sokoban wood village, one of the affected industrial area in the Ashanti Region, several vehicles carrying some woods and passengers to other Regions and districts who came there to trade were seen stuck in muddy parts of the road - leaving many of the passengers in fear that their goods may go bad.
Akwasi Amebuduomo alias Ayisem, Organizer of the Sokoban wood village workers Association, described the increasing arm robbing cases being recorded in the area as a great concern. He noted that traders and workers in the Sokoban wood village go through a lot of difficulties in the hands of these arm robbers because there is no single street lights working at the moment.
He therefore appealed to authorities in the KMA to help address the situation that has rendered poor many people in the wood village.
The Assembly member in the area Hon Kwadwo Boateng are appealing to authorities in the Kumasi metropolitan Assembly for aid as they risk losing their source of livelihood.
Hon Kwadwo Boateng, says they are always cut off from other near by communities whenever it rains heavily. This, he said, unfortunately often leads to excessive flooding in area.
Akwadaa Nyame | pitchonlinegh
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