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Madina Zongo Junction: The lawless clean up the city

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong
This week, some police and city officials took to the streets of Madina and got pedestrians who refuse to use the pedestrian footbridges punished, reducing the traffic.
This week, some police and city officials took to the streets of Madina and got pedestrians who refuse to use the pedestrian footbridges punished, reducing the traffic.

This week, some police and city officials took to the streets of Madina, to punish pedestrians who refused to use the pedestrian footbridges but instead resorted to crossing the road at unauthorised areas which has been causing a heavy vehicular traffic especially at Zongo junction.

Culprits were made to sweep the streets amidst educating them on the need to use pedestrian footbridges.
A pedestrian is made to sweep the Madina Zongo Juntion intersection
Greater Accra Regional Minister's initiative

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey, has set out to tackle the issues that have become a drawback to the region’s development.

A beginning intervention, he said, was to ease the traffic congestion at some locations, particularly at the Madina Zongo Junction, by getting pedestrians to use the footbridges provided while commercial vehicles which contribute largely to the situation are moved away from the trouble spots.

This initial action is part of an audacious plan which the minister has named, “Make Accra work” project, by which he seeks to address the myriad of challenges the region was facing.

Mr Quartey has said that under his leadership, the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) would strive to provide lasting solutions to developmental challenges in the region and ensure its swift transformation into a national capital of repute.

Sanity is restored to the main Madina road

The Greater Accra Regional Minister also said he would be made to put an end to trading along major streets in Accra as the activity occasioned a lot of filth and cited the Graphic Road as a noted example.

Traffic congestion

Mr. Quartey observed that some principal streets and lorry stations in Accra had been turned into markets while commercial drivers had also turned streets into mini-transport stations drawing large crowds that spilled onto the streets and blocked traffic.

He said he was going to engage with the appropriate authorities to control the situation for the free flow of traffic in the city.

Another pedestrian grabs the broom to sweep at Madina

All onboard

While admitting that the situation at hand was arduous, Mr. Quartey said with the support and commitment of all who were willing to do the right thing, it was doable.

“We intend to get all the metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies to enforce their bye-laws and hopefully get people to do the right thing.

“We are not going to embark on a Rambo-style or ‘abaa eii’ kind of check, but we will go out and enforce the laws and will need the support and cooperation of all,” he said.

He urged the media to lend its support to the “Make Accra work” project and also help to educate the public on the need to comply with the laws of the local assemblies.

“Let me conclude by saying this is a call to action and action is indeed now. Action to make Accra work, to be clean, devoid of filth, and with a healthy and disciplined people.

“The challenge is huge but with the support and cooperation of all, we can do it,” Mr. Quartey stressed.

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A policeman gives a pedestrian a close marking as he sweeps the street at Madina

Three men do the squats as punishment for failing to use the footbridge provided at Madina