Manhia chiefs SOS gov’t for assistance

…over terrible nature of road

By  Naa Betty Mingle & Erica Kwapong

Passengers have to get out of their vehicles and cross the flooded part of the road with their luggage on foot

The Chief of Odoben Manhia, Nii Kwaku Datre III, and Nii Ayikoto II, have appealed to the government for support in improving the bad nature of the Awoshie-Manyia road.

The road, according to Nii Kwaku Datre, becomes unmotorable during the rainy seasons, because the Nsaki River that flows in the Ayawaso District overflows its banks, resulting in its flooding the road.

He disclosed to the Accra File that the problem is an annual affair, and the only assistance received has been from Construction Pioneers (CP), a road construction firm, which has constructed a small bridge at Ablekuma.

Meanwhile, Nii Ayikoto II said some district chief executives (DCEs) and members of parliament (MPs) had come to inspect the road, and were aware of its deteriorated state, yet still it has not been attended to.

He added: “We were told the road has been given on contract since January, but till now, no construction has taken place.”

In an interview with some commuters who ply the road they affirmed that the bridge constructed for vehicles use was not wide enough, and there was still the problem of flooding, as during the rainy season, when the Nsaki River overflows its banks, it still covers the bridge.

They narrated that during the rainy season, travelers have to get off their vehicles and cross the river to continue their journey.

The Assembly Member for the area, Solomon Obli Armah Botwe, noted: “I organised the Regional Road Engineer, Mr. Asare, and the DCE to inspect the road during the rainy season, and the DCE has assured us of his support.”

He further stated that the award of the contract had to follow due process, and that was the reason for the delay.

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