Some residents of Teshie in the Ledzokuku Municipality have expressed concerns over the identification of streets in the community with “foreign names.”
They chastised the Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly for failing to use local and familiar names for the streets.
Madam Asmau Merley, a resident of Teshie Dar-es-Salam, said the name: “Dar-es-Salam", which the area was known for, for many years had been changed to the “6th lane”, which the residents could not relate to.
“The street has been named 6th lane, however, there is no 1st, 2nd and 3rd lane." We have streets that have been named already, this time, they have brought strange names, meanwhile, these streets have been named for more than 40 years and are well known.”
“Now my lane has been named as 6th lane and directing people here always becomes a problem. We appeal to them to maintain some of the old names that the people have become familiar with and give new names to those that do not have names already.”
Mr. Samuel Mills, a resident of Greda Estates, said property numbers and names provided the Estates had no coordination.
“A street, which is supposed to have the same name on the stretch has about three to four different street names on the wall of the properties.
“You will find silver street, the next property has calendar street, and the next or opposite property also bears stone street and Rutherfordium street.”
Mr. Mills, who had lived in the Greda Estates for decades, called on the authorities to address the situation.
“I have been living in this area since 1996 and the streets have been named very well making it very easy to direct anyone who has not been here before. I don't have any problem with changing names but what I find unacceptable is the kind of names and the haphazard nature with which the streets have been named.”
Another Resident, Madam Stella Amankwah, said though the project was a good one, names of prominent people could be identified and used to name the streets.
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