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UWR: Heavy rains have exposed the bad nature of our roads; it’s time to improve on them- Reg. Minister

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The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has admitted that the recent heavy rains have exposed the bad nature of roads in the Upper West Region.

He said “The rains have exposed us and it is time to capitalize on the situation to improve our roads.”

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, Upper West Regional Minister

According to him, the extent of damage on the various roads across the region is a big worry to all.

Dr. Bin Salih however noted that despite the huge problem, government is committed to working on all of the roads in the region to allow for easy movement and the expansion of business activities.

The Minister told the media this when he led officials of the Ghana Highways Authority, Feeder Roads Department and members of the Regional Security Council to ascertain the progress of work on the emergency road projects that begun after the rains.

The team first visited the Sombo-Daffiama Road where temporal works had been completed to allow commuters use the road.

The team moved on to the Daffiama-Fian road.

Briefing the team, the Managing Director of Aschal Construction Limited, Mohammed Baba who is the contractor for the Daffiama-Fian road, shared the initial difficulty his outfit faced in fixing that part of the road due to the continuous rains.

“Our roads are graveled roads. While the surface may look good, trucks cannot move on them because they are very soaked with water so we were finding it very difficult to even get the boulders to the cutoff point. We are doing this to open up the place for the community members and others who use the road. When the rains stop, we would come and finish the work.” He said.

Meanwhile, the Wa-Nandom-Hamile road has been reopened to traffic.

The reconstructed portion of the Wa-Nandom- Hamile road at Yiziri

This comes after the road had to be closed and reworked on after the initial temporary works were carried out.

It will be recalled that on September 1, the 250 metre stretch of the road at Yiziri was opened to traffic. The road had to be closed again after heavy rains on September 1st and 2nd.

The Acting Regional Director of the Ghana Highways Authority, Andrew Okere, commended the contractors working on the Wa-Nandom-Hamile road.

He said the severity of the situation did not deter the contractors from quickly putting the road in good shape.

“This is one of the most severe hit places on our network. It is a 5 cell 4×4 culvert; so it is a huge culvert. We are talking of the wash out of about 4 and 6 metres. The contractors, P&W Ghanem had to marshal almost all their equipment to get the road done.” He said.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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