Five years on, this death trap is lying forgotten waiting patiently to claim innocent life. On that score, the erstwhile administration in 2015 and the incumbent government as has been the case, would take a cue in its already dire aftermath. In the likely event of any misfortune on the immediate residents and them alone – the Ghanaian Politician.
8 out of ten respondents/residents of Nima tell me that, the destruction occurred on the fateful day of the disaster – the June 3rd disaster.
This open-drain runs through Mamobi, Nima, Asylum Down through to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. Residents around Nima and its environs acknowledge the gravity of the poor state of the stretched drain three (3) months on, after the further exposure of a calculated collapse of the drain.
The sides of this drain/gutter had broken down completely on the back of torrential rainfall. An onlooker corroborates that at some point, the rainfall turned into flooding which sought to overflow either side of the road such that, all one could see was the first floor of all storey apartments.
One of the dire consequences of the negligence on the part of the Government relative to this unfortunate incident as it were, is played out where the road network linking Ring Road Central to Hill street in Nima is out of bounds due to a poorly lit road and how it is riddled with potholes and ditches that could get one carried away due to its unmotorable nature.
Interestingly, motorists ply this road as and when they manoeuvre their way through the inner city using the Ring Road Central. You’re almost denied access to the large blue area because the debris from the disaster is left off on the road.
One unfortunate revelation that may shock you is the fact that His Excellency the President of the Republic, finds his home barely 800 metres (ie. 3 mins walk) away from this dilapidated structure. That notwithstanding, nothing appears to be done about the situation though he has been at the helm of affairs for the past four years and secured re-election.
We cannot give the President and His Government the benefit of the doubt or question of lapse of memory after we ordinarily empathise with families that suffered the June 3rd flood in 2015, every year!