Residents of Axim last week staged a massive demonstration against the Nzema East Municipal Assembly, the Member of Parliament of the area and President John Dramani Mahama over their neglect towards the poor roads in the Axim Township and other roads connecting to nearby towns and villages as well as their unconcerned towards calls for the building of Sea Defense to protect Axim from the ongoing devastating sea erosion.
The protesters used coconut trunks to block some sections of the roads to spell out their anger toward the total neglect of Axim with regards to developments by successive government upon governments.
The demonstrators, wearing red bands and red heard scarfs, started the demonstration in the early morning which saw commercial transport operators joining to voice out their displeasure at authorities.
In a petition issued by the youth of the area, organisers of the demonstration Axim Youth Alliance, they noted that the poor and deteriorated roads had contributed to the collapse of many businesses in the area rendering hundreds of people jobless.
They called on government to look for funds to construct a sea defense wall along the coastal line of Axim which has come under threat by a devastating sea erosion minutes by minutes the devastation worsens.
Already Hundreds of metres of land have been sub-merged and it could be observed that if the remaining land, which is a little bit above sea level is washed away, in a matter of days, the whole of Axim lands would be submerged.
It would be recalled that it became imperative on the government to build sea defense walls in all the coastal communities, from Ketu to other coastal communities in the Volta Region, Ada in Greater Accra region and communities along the coastal belt of the Western Region including Axim, in order to guarantee the total safety of the people in those areas.
Unfortunately Axim was left out to die on its own after a successful kick-start of the Ada Sea Defense Wall and that of the Ketu Sea Defense wall the faith of Axim was left in the hands of the seas.
Today in Axim, There is a major national disaster looming should government fail to listen to the plight of the people of Axim the worst is yet to happen.
Members of the Nzema Youth Association and other stakeholders expresses concern about the way the community has been neglected and we therefore appeal to government to help the community to avert further damages to precious properties to help improve the life of the people of Axim and Nzema as a whole.
We urge our representatives to the seat of government to exhibit high level of leadership in addressing and finding quick lasting solutions to situations like these.
We want to emphasize that this is not just few people who are complaining, it’s the whole Nzema for that matter Western Region who are complaining.
We also believe that this is not a matter of partisan politics, these are residents who are complaining about their plight visible to all.
Photo Credit: Axim Youth Alliance
-Sultan Nuhu Mohammed
Public Relation Officer
Nzema Youth Association