A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team, Gabby Assumin has descended heavily on the government for its reluctance to fix uncompleted footbridges on the Madina-Adenta-Aburi Highway (N4).
About 193 pedestrians have reportedly been knocked down by moving vehicles on the stretch, a situation residents along the road have expressed fears on.
Speaking on Inside Politics on Radio XYZ 93.1 shortly after a student was knocked down to death, the third within a week, Mr Assumin who was visibly worried could not fathom why concerns have been raised by residents for the past seven years and government has failed to attend to their plights.
“Government must be ashamed. People must bow their heads in shame for looking on for all these deaths to happen. It’s not fair at all,” he fumed.
His anger was poured on the two members of Parliament in the area, Lawyer Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, Mp for Adentan and MP for Madina and former Minister for Zongo and Inner Cities, Alhaji Boniface Saddique, for their reluctance over the years to champion the concerns of the people on the highway killings.
One female student of the West African Senior High School (WASS) is feared dead after she was knocked down by a speeding vehicle on N4 Thursday afternoon.
The sad incident is said to have occurred around 4: 30 Pm on Thursday, according to eyewitnesses.
The incident comes 48 hours after a a 33 year old woman was knocked down to death at Fire Stone on the same stretch.
Hon. Buabeng Asamoah, the MP for Adentan has been accused of not championing for the completion of the footbridges.
Nana Ezanenkrumah II, the queen mother of Axim in the Western Region, who first reported the crash to XYZ News said she was driving on the highway when she witnessed the accident.
The queen mother told Mugabe Maase, host on Inside Politics on Radio XYZ 93.1 that she could not watch the gore when met the untimely time death of the student.
“I just saw blood had been spilled on the road.I have not seen some before. I was trembling and asked myself, is this Ghana?” she narrated.
She said the youth in the area had taken over the busy highway, preventing the flow of traffic as police tried to bring back sanity in the area.
She pleaded to the government to attend to the road and get the foootbridges completed to reduce the accidents.
One of the uncompleted footbridges on the N4
According to XYZ News reporter, Wisdom Hededzome who got the accident scene later, the angry hawkers along the highway had started burning tyres in protest of the sad incident.
He said the police realised the angry youth had blocked traffic flow and had started firing to ward off the crowd that was bent on stopping the movement of vehicles on the stretch.
190 people are estimated to have been knocked down by vehicles ever since the road was opened to traffic.
The deaths have been linked to the inadequate footbridges on the highway which links Tetteh Quarshie interchange and Aburi in the Eastern Region.
By: Henryson Okrah/Ghana/myxyzonline.com