The University of Education Winneba, Kumasi is located along the 11km Komfo Anokye -Abuakwa highway. This stretch of road has no road signs, no traffic light and there is absolutely no provision made for the police to direct vehicular movement at each stretch of the busy road.
The 160 pedestrians who painfully lost their lives and those who were severely wounded on that road as reported by the Assemblyman include students of the University.
On 27th May, 2018, a formal petition with a video and picture evidences of a fatal accident at the entrance of the University was presented to the Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for urgent attention.
However, constant conversations with authorities to get the problem resolved has fallen on dead ears. On one occasion, out of frustration and anger, the SRC demanded permission from the MCE of Kwadaso to fix the problem and pay for same from the meagre coffers of the SRC but he resisted that good initiative and insisted government will fix the problem in two weeks. The problem has since not been resolved after three months.
It appears to the SRC that government has consciously refused to hear our broken cry. We cannot therefore sit unconcern whiles vehicular nuisance on the road is left unchecked. It is a commonplace knowledge that the SRC cannot dilly dally with the safety of pregnant women, the differently able young men and women in their wheelchairs and nursing mothers with their babies.
More so, a road that should take seconds to be crossed extends in time beyond ten to fifteen minutes because of oncoming vehicles and that contributes to lateness for lectures. We cannot entertain this cancer anymore.
We want to clearly state that Students of the University of Education Winneba, Kumasi are civil and will not resort to any uncivilized way to get our issues resolved hence we are by this press release calling on the government to as a matter of urgency fix the traffic Lights at the entrance of the University before 7th September, 2019 else the the SRC will block the roads to save the lives of its cherished students.
Boateng Samuel Clinton