“The current state of the road leading to Ellembelle North”.
This was the text which complimented a video status update of the Hon. DCE of Ellembelle Hon. Bonzoh on WhatsApp.
The video which is 30seconds in length shows his entourage traveling in Toyota pickups and a V8 Land cruiser on an extremely abhorring road within the Ellembelle District.
You would agree that suburban vehicles are ideally designed to withstand bad roads.
Unfortunately the builders of such vehicles could not envisage that in our part of the world there would exist some so terrible roads that would prove too much of a work for their vehicles to ply.
Such was the sorry situation that the hon. District Chief Executive of Ellembelle had to endure. In the short video he posted, it was visible how his tough and seemingly new suburban vehicles were overwhelmed by the terrible nature of the roads in his own district as one could observe that one of the pickup truck got stuck in the mud and needed helping hands terribly.
Although it is unclear his motive for posting such video, it is clearly an indicative expression of helplessness, powerlessness, desperateness and an expression of disgust towards his government’s neglect to fix the sorry state of roads across the western region although it is the very region where Ghana get most of its food supplies and natural resources.
Nonetheless, few people I have shown this video to have equally been surprised as to why a DCE who has the mandate to ensure that roads in his district are fixed, is equally helpless in such situation instead of using the district’s resources at his perusal for the development activities that the region desperately needs.
The western region has the most disastrous roads in the entire country despite the heavy quantum of diverse mineral resources that the region produces.
Politicians come and go, despite beautiful pledges to reshape these roads, the situation has only gotten worse.
Prominent among these roads is the less than 5km road from Essiama to Nkroful, the birth place of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah first prime minister of the republic of Ghana which has been neglected by previous administrations.
When will Ellembelle see the benefits of its Oil resource, its Cocoa, Timber, Gold, Rubber plantation, among other mineral resources that the state benefits from?
We can deduce the answer to this and many other questions from this singular WhatsApp post by our DCE, and it can only be “I don’t know”, as usual.
This stretch of road just like the Nkroful road, has been used by current and previous administrations for campaign pledges that should they win, it would be done within the shortest possible time of their tenure, as it stands it is a mere political promise.
May God continue to bless mother Ghana, if indeed we are being blessed at all.
My court of Opinion!