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Elobankata footbridge, a death trap

botchway June 27, 2018

 

The only foot bridge linking Elobankata and seven other farming communities, including Cape Three Points in the Ahanta West Municipality of the region, is now a death trap.

The footbridge has developed cracks to the extent that at the least down pour could lead to its caving in.

The footbridge is the only one that serves other communities such as Ntaakrom, Boekrom, Ahanta Aboadi, Kubekor and Cape Three Points.

The Assembly Member for Elobankata, Kennedy Ansah, believes if the footbridge is not attended too in the shortest possible time, by way of repairing it, and it eventually caves in, there would be no access route to Cape Three Points, and the indigenes, who are mostly farmers, would be at the receiving end.

It is upon the seriousness of the situation that the Assembly Member for the area wants the government, through the Member of Parliament (MP) and Municipal Assembly, to hurriedly attend to the problem.

The deep cracks developed on the footbridge, according to the assembly member, this is seen in the difficulty motorists and pedestrians have to go through when using it.

This situation, according to him, has existed for the last three years, though he has drawn the authorities’ attention to it, but all to no avail.

Mr. Ansah revealed that, in 2015, a vehicle using the footbridge fell into the river due to its weak nature, apart from the cracks.

Speaking in an interview, Kennedy Ansah, who looked visibly worried, lamented that the footbridge has not seen any major rehabilitation works since its construction.

He added that several appeals by the indigenes, opinion leaders, including religious leaders, to the offices of the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) and the Ahanta West Municipal Assembly to help have fallen on deaf ears.

Continuing, he, however, blamed the weak nature and cracks developed by the footbridge as result of heavy duty vehicles and vehicles used by GREL to cart heavy duty equipment.

The Assembly Member from Ahanta Aboadi, Ebenezer Essien, speaking in a telephone interview with The Chronicle, emphasized that the footbridge was more structurally weak, and the least downpour could spell doom.

Meanwhile, the frustrated indigenes say though several engineers have come to inspect the bridge, no real work has commenced on it, an indication that the there was no help in sight.

They are scared to use the bridge, especially because heavy duty vehicles compete with them in using it. “The bridge shakes when vehicles pass on it,” one indigene said.

Another concluded: “It is evidently clear the bridge is now a death trap, and the saddest of all is that, upon being tax payers in this country, we have been denied of our own share of the national cake to have our bridge put on shape.”

To the indigenes, the earlier the Municipal Assembly attended to putting the only footbridge in shape, the better, in order to prevent any future calamity.

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