Hanging rocks pose danger on Nkawkaw-Obomeng road (Wednesday April 8, 2015) Back page

There is looming danger on a portion of the road between Nkawkaw and Obomeng in the Eastern Region.

Rocks are overhanging ominously along the road and a well-known philanthropist in the area, Mr Yaw Sarpong, has warned that road users face great danger should there be any earth movement along the road.

“They should have blasted some portions of the rock and created space between the road and the rock, but what we have now is the rock very close to the road,” Mr Sarpong, a quarry operator, said.
 A portion of the Nkawkaw-Obomeng road showing the rocks. Picture: SAMUEL TEI ADANO
Danger looms
He indicated that a similar scenario on the Aburi road ought to serve as a guide in dealing with the situation on the Kwahu road.

According to him, the expectation of the architects of the road that the presence of huge trees on the ridge would provide adequate blockage in the event of rocks having to roll down might not necessarily work.

What might happen in the case of Kwahu, Mr Sarpong said, could be a cave in, for which the trees would not stand any chance of protecting those who might be travelling along the road at the time.
Visible cracks

When the Daily Graphic visited the area referred to, there were visible cracks, crevices and crevasses in the rocks. Some regular road users expressed worry and fear over what could happen.

A taxi driver, who conveys passengers from the base of the Kwahu Mountain to the various towns on the ridge, said, “I use this road every day and not a single moment passes without me imagining what would happen if any major rock breaks free and falls onto the road. I pray I will not be around when that happens.” 

Nana Yaa Donkor, a 38-year-old mother of three, said her children travelled each day to school near Nkawkaw and it always crossed her mind that the delicate situation of the overhanging rocks could be a potential danger for the children and  others.

“Because of this, I always take my children to school myself. I do that because I want to ensure that they are safe. I cannot afford being at home to hear news that something disastrous has happened and my children have been affected. God forbid!” she said.

Nana Donkor said she hoped that the relevant authorities would take steps to address the problem before lives were lost in any event.

Public-spiritedness
Mr Sarpong is the sole financier of a high-gradient five-kilometre road project from Twenedurase to Akwasiho.
The project, when completed, will provide a shorter alternative route for entry and exit from the Kwahu Ridge
There is looming danger on a portion of the road between Nkawkaw and Obomeng in the Eastern Region.
Rocks are overhanging ominously along the road and a well-known philanthropist in the area, Mr Yaw Sarpong, has warned that road users face great danger should there be any earth movement along the road.
“They should have blasted some portions of the rock and created space between the road and the rock, but what we have now is the rock very close to the road,” Mr Sarpong, a quarry operator, said.

Danger looms

He indicated that a similar scenario on the Aburi road ought to serve as a guide in dealing with the situation on the Kwahu road.
According to him, the expectation of the architects of the road that the presence of huge trees on the ridge would provide adequate blockage in the event of rocks having to roll down might not necessarily work.
What might happen in the case of Kwahu, Mr Sarpong said, could be a cave in, for which the trees would not stand any chance of protecting those who might be travelling along the road at the time.

Visible cracks

When the Daily Graphic visited the area referred to, there were visible cracks, crevices and crevasses in the rocks. Some regular road users expressed worry and fear over what could happen.
A taxi driver, who conveys passengers from the base of the Kwahu Mountain to the various towns on the ridge, said, “I use this road every day and not a single moment passes without me imagining what would happen if any major rock breaks free and falls onto the road. I pray I will not be around when that happens.”
Nana Yaa Donkor, a 38-year-old mother of three, said her children travelled each day to school near Nkawkaw and it always crossed her mind that the delicate situation of the overhanging rocks could be a potential danger for the children and  others.
“Because of this, I always take my children to school myself. I do that because I want to ensure that they are safe. I cannot afford being at home to hear news that something disastrous has happened and my children have been affected. God forbid!” she said.
Nana Donkor said she hoped that the relevant authorities would take steps to address the problem before lives were lost in any event.

Public-spiritedness

Mr Sarpong is the sole financier of a high-gradient five-kilometre road project from Twenedurase to Akwasiho.
The project, when completed, will provide a shorter alternative route for entry and exit from the Kwahu Ridge
- See more at: http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/41248-hanging-rocks-pose-danger-on-nkawkaw-obomeng-road.html#sthash.7tbiNtnW.dpuf

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