Elmina Premix Committee repairs bridge

From David Allan Paintsil, Elmina

INSET: Nana Akonu, Elmina Chief Fisherman, briefing the press at Elmina, The state of the bridge

The Elmina Premix Committee, on Thursday, initiated a move to repair a portion of the main steel bridge on the Benya Lagoon, which is currently in a deplorable state.

At a programme to announce its intention to begin repair works on Monday, the Elmina Chief Fisherman, Nana Akonu, said the decision to repair the bridge was informed by injury suffered by 15 people who used the bridge recently, owing to the intensity of reports received from the users.

The fishermen, according to him, decided to use some proceeds from the sale of premix fuel to repair the bridge, which was constructed for the town a long time ago, but has seen very little repairs.

The rusty steel plates covering the steel bridge have holes in them, making it difficult for humans, as well as vehicles, to cross it.

He said the fishermen agreed that an initial amount of GH¢2,500 be used to procure items for the start of work. The bridge would therefore be closed to traffic for work to begin.

Mr. John Quayson, a canoe owner, said the situation was so dangerous that if care was not taken, many people would injure themselves.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Assembly, Edward Houphouet, said the assembly was aware that the fishermen had taken such a decision to repair the bridge.

He said the assembly, before dissolution, informed the Ghana Highways Authority, which has done estimates on the bridge, and has sent a report to Accra for the necessary action, but could not tell whether it had been awarded on contract or not.

He said the Paramount Chief of the Elmina Traditional Area, Nana Kodwo Conduah, had called for government intervention for the construction of the bridge, and repeated it when Vice President John Dramani Mahama launched the National Youth Policy at Elmina this year.

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