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The Amansie Burden – Godfred Kuffuor Tawiah

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The President of our land thought us not to spectate but to be involved as citizens. Following this directive, it will be bad citizenship to keep quiet about the woes of Amansie South that I have seen for the few years I have spent here.

If you don’t know about Amansie South, just keep in mind that this Constituency serves the Country gold, timber and cocoa (Just to mention a few). The tax paid by Asanko mines alone in this Constituency, I believe is a hefty one even though have no access to the exact figure. I work in a hospital within this Constituency – St. Martin’s Catholic Hospital that serves over 70 neighbouring and distant communities. The road network leading to this hospital is so deplorable. As if that were not enough, it has become the hub of armed robbers too. The dusty nature of the road makes me cry for patients who have to ply it with motor bikes. About 2 years ago, there was a woman who after delivery, lost her baby on her way home. She sat on a motor bike with the new born baby and wrapped the baby with a clothe only for it to find its way in the rim of the tyre. Pathetically, this woman’s baby fell and died instantly. Before you hurl insults on this seemingly careless woman, you should make an effort to have fist hand experience on the difficulty in accessing transport due to the poor nature of the road.

More to this, an EC official also lost her life in her line of duty last year when she risked sitting on an Okada from Agroyesusm to Adubia. There are scores of people who oftentimes kick the bucket at the emergency unit of the hospital. I used to castigate these Okada Riders for their careless driving and blamed them for the many accidents (some which are caused by recklessness though). I had to change my pattern of thought when I rode on an Okada to a church program one fateful evening. On the journey, vision became difficult anytime a bus overtook us and splashed dust.

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To avoid this, the Okada rider was presented with two options – either prevent any vehicle from surpassing us or wait and distant ourselves from any vehicle that by passed ours. In the event that time is not on your side, one would obviously go for the first option.

How sad it is that Amansie South sits on alluvial gold and mineral wealth yet has nothing to show. Amansie has very little to say even about schools. Sometimes I am tempted to believe that Leaders are reluctant to set up many tertiary and secondary schools in this area to prevent the development of elites bridge socioeconomic gaps.

My heart bleeds and is filled with pain. I cannot look on as Amansie South lies in despair and only spectate while Amansie has provided me employment. Amansie South deserves to be treated with respect. I can’t sit aloof to for example, see this deteriorated road network take the lives of innocent Citizens and breed arm robbery.

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Let’s spread positivity. This must trend. They must see this. Let’s spread the news that Amansie deserves better.

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