On Friday, July 22, Hon. Nicholas Amankwah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Western Region’s Wassa Amenfi East Constituency, called the Minister of Roads and Highways to account for the lack of bridge development projects in his district.
He claims that the circumstances for traveling across rivers have gotten worse than they were.
His inquiries imply that the sector was unconcerned with the welfare of the populace because it was not committed to building some important roads and rural bridge projects in specific areas of the Constituency.
The Amenfi East MP asked the Minister for Roads and Highways when a contract will be issued to build bridges in some of the rural farming areas to make it easier for residents to visit their farms and market centers.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what plans the Ministry has to construct bridges linking the following communities in Amenfi East: (i) Asundua-Ankonsia (ii) Adwumako-Boikrom-Dwokwa (iii) Oldaboi-Aboi” Hon Nicholas Amankwah questioned the Minister.
Asundua-Ankonsia are communities in Wassa Amenfi Central and Wassa Amenfi East municipality in the Western area, however they are divided by the Ankobra River, and Oldaboi-Aboi are likewise divided by the Manso River, the Minister acknowledged that there is currently no program on these routes.
By the end of the fourth quarter of 2022, he promised, engineering studies would be completed on the proposed bridge site to determine the right spine of the bridge, which would then be taken into consideration for the 2024 budget.
Although hon Kwasi Amoako noted that the 26 km of Adwumako-Boikrom-Dwokwa roads were included in the department of feeder roads data base, the Ankobra River Bridge was granted to a contract on May 6, 2022, and is scheduled to be finished on May 6, 2023, the following year.
However, Hon. Nicholas claimed that the Minister’s answer was insufficient and that traveling on some of these bridges and roads every day is like going through hell.
Given the importance of these roads to his constituency, Nicholas Amankwah asked the minister to include Asundua-Ankonsia and Oldaboi-New Aboi in the 2023 budget rather than the 2024 budget because commuters swarm on the bridges every day.
In response to his questions, Hon. Kwesi Amoako Atta stated that while the ministry is prepared to carry out additional projects, he pledged to take into account whether all of the aforementioned roads and bridges in Amenfi East could be included in the 2023 budget after the proposed engineering studies are finished in 2022.