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Stealing of metal grids in most part of the capital city has become common, thereby posing a danger to motorists and pedestrians especially in the night as most streets are without light. In most streets visited by DFS news, the drains have been turned into refuse dumps thereby obstructing the free flow of water anytime there is a downpour leading to flooding.
This phenomenon is very common on the streets from Achimota through Kwame Nkrumah circle to the central business district. Just infront of the National police training school is a big drain with the grid stolen which have been left open for months if not years, posing a danger to pedestrians especially in the night.
Speaking to DFS news, a resident at Achimota said the “open drains on the streets are very dangerous to lives anytime it rains especially in the night”. On the airport stretch, a passer-by added “it becomes dangerous anytime it rains as people walking along the street can easily fall into the drains before noticing as they are filled with water”.
Simon, a taxi driver at Achimota said “he has seen scrap dealers removing the metal grids in the night but couldn’t stop them”. A food seller at Achimota wondered why road contractors continue using metal coverings as they are often stolen. Road users are therefore urging the government to as a matter of urgency replace all stolen metal grids to avenge a disaster occurring. They also appealed to government to install CCTV cameras on all major roads as this will deter unscrupulous persons from stealing these metal coverings.