Jumat, 11 Mei 2012



A CREAKY wooden bridge that poses a danger to its users and a stinking and stagnant drain filled with garbage and ramshackle wooden structures that serve as an abode are but a few sights that would meet a visitor to Mamobi, a suburb of Accra.

Home to more than 50,000 people, Mamobi is one of the most densely populated communities in Accra but the facilities in the community best describe it as a shanty town.

The wooden bridge constructed over the Mamobi-Kwakudi drain over 10 years ago by the residents to link the people in the community to the Kanda Highway is now a death trap.

The drain stretches from the Kawukudi junction to the Nima gutter and Alajo and then joins the Odaw river to the Korle Lagoon.

It is quite scary to walk on the bridge as it has no supporting structures.

Residents, particularly schoolchildren, have no choice but to use the bridge everyday to their various schools and homes and it becomes even scarier at night when there is no light.

Structures built along the drain are on the verge of collapse as erosion has gradually eaten up the walls of these houses.

Some residents have willingly abandoned their structures while others have resorted to dumping refuse behind their houses as a way of fighting erosion.

Residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic expressed their fear that their houses might finally collapse during the heavy rains.

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