Sokaban Wood Village Complex, an ultra-modern enclave was built for carpenters and wood sellers at Anloga and other parts of Kumasi. The 11 million Ghana cedis project, jointly funded by Agence Francaise Development and Ghana Government, forms part of the Kumasi Roads and Urban Development Project.
According to the workers, the deplorable state of roads leading to the wood village and it's surroundings are not only posing great danger to lives but severely affecting economic activities and gradually collapsing the wood business.
Bemoaning that the present condition of the roads not only poses a challenge to trading and economic activities for the people in the Sokoban wood village, but has also been described as a death-trap for drivers and traders who ply the roads on daily basis.
Worst affected persons(traders and driver's) noted that the ‘unmotorable’ state of the roads has resulted in several losses as a result of the difficulties and challenges they go through to cart trading and goods to surrounding market centres.This development, according to some of the wood workers, often leaves them cash-strapped and hopeless — compelling many of them to question whether the area is indeed part of the Metropolis.
The Organizer of the Sokoban wood village workers Association, Akwasi Anebuduomo, popularly known as Ayisem described the increasing arm robbing cases being recorded in the area as a great concern. He noted that traders and workers in the Sokoban wood village go through a lot of difficulties in the hands of these arm robbers because there is no single street lights working at the moment.
He therefore appealed to authorities in the KMA to help address the situation that has rendered poor many people in the wood village.
The Assembly member for the area Hon Kwadwo Boateng passionately called on authorities of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for aid as they risk losing their source of livelihood.
Hon Kwadwo Boateng, concluded that they are always cut off from other near by communities whenever it rains heavily in the area.
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