Tune in to any of the 32 active radio stations in Sekondi-Takoradi during the prime media times (6am, 12pm, 6pm) and the major discussions and news are piped from an Accra Radio Station which discusses issues related to the country’s capital. This makes one wonder, is there any Sekondi-Takoradi agenda on air in the Metropolis?
Until there is a clear and determined agenda for the active media (radio) in the Metropolis to project issues of the region, the dilapidated road at Fijai that leads to the Ghana Fire Service and Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital will only remain a wish list of the populace. The Fijai road which has been deserted for years seems to be less of a worry to the authorities in the Metropolis even though it is one of the most crucial roads in the Metropolis.
Call the Fire Service for an emergency and you could expect a delay, not because of incompetence but due to the nature of the road that they will manoeuvre to get to the venue of the emergency. That same road leads to the referral center in the region, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. So call an ambulance or rush a patient to hospital and there would be delays because of the nature of the road that leads to the center. A lot of dead on arrival cases could be saved if that road is given some attention.
The Center for National Culture (CNC) in the Metropolis which was built with the sweat and blood of the tax payers has become a place where any event organizer would dare not add to his or her list because sponsors would not take anyone who list there as a potential venue for an event serious. This is due to the sorry state of the edifice which has the shape of ‘ahema’ sandals and sits on a 19 acre land.
As if human lives are not important to the authorities in the Metropolis, the traffic light at Pipe Ano Tanokrom has been off for more than seven (7) years and nothing seems to be done about it. It is a matter of the strongest survives during the rush hours of 3pm – 6pm during weekdays at that place. Pedestrians are at the mercy of God and their deities of worship when crossing the road. For a Metropolis where more than half of the populace don’t drive, using the Pipe Ano road is the riskiest thing to do. All the busses that travel in and from the Metropolis use that road so traffic light would have regulated the flow of traffic on that busy stretch.
The least said about the traffic light at the Grooving Spot area at Market Circle the better. I am sure many residents of Sekondi-Takoradi have even forgotten that there used to be a traffic light at the area. Most school children who use that road are either shouted on to hold on and not cross the road because of an oncoming vehicle or the Drivers never step on the accelerator without tooting their horn. That area could best be described as a death trap.
Listen to some of the radio stations and even sports are piped from Kumasi or Accra. Why would you complain when Sekondi Hasaacas and Sekondi Eleven Wise are always on relegation? How would football in the Metropolis grow when the media doesn’t have any plan to do a good public relations for them via the radio which is the active medium?
Should there be a torrential rainfall in the Metropolis the stretch from Bank of Africa to Womens World Bank is dangerous to drive through. The open gutter which has no barricade is unseen when the rains flood the street. It is easier to drive into that gutter when the road is flooded and nothing has been done about it since.
For a region that brags about where the best comes from and its capital does not have any clear agenda on air but rather pipe most of their programmes from Accra, development in the region would be on a snail pace since there are faint voices to poke the authorities to pressing needs.
What is even happening at Sekondi? The half of the Metropolis could be best described as a dead city. How are we discussing ways to develop the historic city to drive investors there?
Did you say there are programmes on some of the radio stations that talk about community concerns? Let’s list them versus the ones that are piped from Accra. When there are complementary efforts by the radio stations to trumpet these and many more concerns, there would be results, there would be greater developments than when the voice that speaks for the region is faint.
Until then, I dare ask again, is there a Sekondi-Takoradi agenda on radio?
Author: Nana Kwesi Coomson (www.233times.com) @nkcoomson on Twitter