The District Chief Executive Officer of the Kassena Nankana West District, Gerard Ataogye, is calling on Residents of Paga Buru-Navio to rescind their decision to ‘hit the road’ in protest of a broken bridge connecting Navio to its adjoining communities in the district.
Residents of Paga Buru-Navio in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region indicated their decision to demonstrate over what they call the government’s apathetic attitude towards their plight.
The said bridge caved in on March 24, 2022 as a heavy haulage truck attempted to drive through.
According to the Assemblyman for the Navio-Electoral area, Roland Apugido, the collapsed bridge has brought untold hardships on the people living in the area relating to mobility challenges, carting of goods in and out of the area, and also, cutting off other connecting communities as well as public servants and businessmen and women who ply their trade along that route.
Speaking to Mark Smith on Daybreak Upper East show, Mr. Ataogye said the Buru-Navio bridge is among three other bridges that the district lacks the financial muscle to fix.
He said ” these are critical bridges that the Assembly doesn’t have the capacity for, not even the region. Feeder roads, we battled with them. We went to Accra, myself and the hardworking regional minister more than three times. Engineers came and did the necessary things but they haven’t come back to start construction. I think it all boils down to resources.”
When asked whether the decision of Navio residents to demonstrate has come to his attention, this is what he said. “Yes it has come to my attention but my brother you know, demonstrations don’t fix bridges. Let’s do the needful by getting the authorities to come down to our aid.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Samuel Adagom|Ghana