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AR: High tension pole poses threat to Banko residents

By Kweku Antwi Jnr

An exposed high tension pole at Banko, a farming community in the Sekyere Kumawu District of Ashanti Region, is gradually becoming a death trap to residents.

The base of the poles, located at the outskirt of the town has been over exposed as a result of continuous rainfall, erosion and running water constantly eating away the sand covering it.

Some of the residents who spoke to Prime News Ghana fear an imminent collapse of the pole which could land on passers-by, buildings or vehicles passing by.

The residents explained that the pole was not dangerous initially when it was completely buried in the sand because it was covered with soil until erosion exposed it.

They said they fear for the lives of the kids and the houses around and are therefore appealing to government and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to as a matter of urgency, work on the pole to avoid the untoward.

The Assembly Member of the Area, Seth Boampong indicates that all efforts to get ECG to rectify the situation have proven futile.

According to him, the whole community has only one transformer that serves both their SHS and health centre.

He said nurses use touch light during health care delivery anytime the light cut out.

Mr Boampong added nurses always experience lights out every second because of the over-loading.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Public Affairs Director of the ECG, Erasmus Baidoo, when contacted said his office is not aware of the issue.

He told Prime News Ghana that his maintenance team will visit the place on Monday to ascertain the situation and rectify it.


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