It was the first national capital of the then Gold Coast and it is often touted as the hub of education in Ghana and houses arguably most of the finest schools in the country but the contrast story is that some of its indigenes sit on gold yet impoverished.
Choicism.com reporter who also doubles as a Central Regional corespondent for TV3, Spencer K. Boateng Mensah explores as he reports about the plight of one Abeka family:
UCC’s student Spencer K. Boateng Mensah has discovered that one Abeka family constituting four relatives who reside near the campus of the University of Cape Coast depend on fifty pesewas for breakfast.
The mother of the family is a pregnant house wife and the husband is currently responding to insufficient hernia treatment
Spencer chanced upon Mrs Abeka who is in her early 30s at Akotokyere in the Cape Coat Metropolis while he was discharging his duty as a TV3 regional broadcast journalist.
Mrs Abeka has given birth to 3 but 1 died at birth.
She is a mother to young Francisca Abeka and Kwame and is currently about six months pregnant
According to her, Kwame’s father died when Kwame was still a toddler thus, she has two children with Mr Abeka.
It was almost sun set but she had no idea of what dinner was because Mr Abeka had not been working since February 2015.
“It was one morning when he felt pains in his testicles, the church came and picked him to the Hospital and he was operated with the support of the church” She narrated how her husband became hernia patient.
Their neighbours confirmed the ordeal the family was enduring
Three days later, Spencer met Mr Abeka, approximately in his late 30s, with the kids
Her wife, he said, had gone to meet a friend for pregnancy scan financial support
He told Spencer that his church supported him for the hernia operation but ‘…I am advised not to do any hard work so money to go to the hospital biweekly for prescribed treatment is even a worry to us’
The family depends on contributions from passer-by’s and neighbours and Mr Abeka still owes his wife’s family “knocking rite” of an amount of GHC 50. 00, meanwhile, their children not are in school.
The family has no exact source of income for livelihood. It was 10AM and they could only boast of 50 PESEWAS a friend gave to them.
He bought vegetables to steam his slaughtered chicken and exhibited high hope that he would have some money from friends to prepare a meal for her kids.
The Abeka family believes whoever comes to their aid would be assured for God’s blessings.
Spencer K. Boateng Mensah
C/R TV3 corespondent