From Sebastian R. Freiku, Hotopo..
The people of Freti, a farming community in the Ahanta West district in the Western region, have appealed to the government to assist them in the reconstruction of a wooden bridge, spanning Butre River.
The bridge, in its present state, passes as a death trap, thus cutting the rest of the surrounding communities off from accessing health care from the only health facility situated at Freti.
The local health facility at Freti serves communities like Hotopo, Ewusiadwo, Asemko and Sese among others.
In times of emergency, sick persons from the other side of the river would have to be carried across the already dilapidated bridge or have to meander through Ewusiadwo Junction and Aboadze before getting to Freti.
Mr. Kwame Massey, a native, appealed to the government through The Chronicle at the weekend to assist them build a steel bridge across the Butre River to facilitate movement of residents.
According to him, several appeals to the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. George Kwame Aboagye have not yielded any positive response even though they had managed to mobilize lumber to span the bridge.
The residents also want the government to consider supporting the local industries with equipment for the milling of palm oil as oil palm plantations abound in the area to create employment for the youth in the area.
The residents also suggested the setting up of a Community mill to enable farmers process the oil palm at subsidized prices to boost the local economy.
Pix 1: The current state of the wooden bridge also used by children
Pix 2: The Bridge from another view