Some residents of Gambibigo, located in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region, are passionately appealing to the authorities to take immediate action and bring back the contractor who was working on their bridge to complete the construction work. In an exclusive interview with A1 News, the residents expressed their concerns about the hazardous condition of the bridge, which claims lives, destroys properties, and hinders access to nearby communities on a yearly basis.
The government initiated the construction of the bridge in January 2022, bringing hope and relief to the residents. The bridge was intended to alleviate their suffering and provide a direct route for heavy vehicles travelling to and from Bawku without passing through the congested Bolgatanga Township. However, with the onset of the rainy season a few weeks ago, the absence of the contractor on site has caused their suffering to resume, dampening their initial excitement.
Nyaamah, a resident of Gambibgo, expressed the sentiments of the community, stating, “We were all happy when the government started the work on our bridge, but now, anyone who attempts to cross, whether strong or not, must risk falling down. We plead with the government to come and complete it for us.” Another resident, who had fallen twice while trying to cross the bridge with his bicycle, added, “Even if they cannot complete it entirely, they should at least work on one side so we can start using it. The suffering here is too much.”
The contract for the bridge’s construction has been awarded to Hatoum Construction Limited, a Lebanese firm. The residents of Gambibigo hope that their plea will reach the government and prompt swift action to bring back the contractor and ensure the completion of the bridge. The unsafe condition of the bridge poses a significant risk to their lives and hampers their daily activities, making their plea for urgent intervention all the more crucial.
Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga