Bongo District Bridge in the Upper East Region is about 95 per cent complete,
according to the engineers on the site. It would be recalled nine months ago,
President Akuffo-Addo cut the sod for the reconstruction of the collapsed Bongo
-Balungu Bridge, which links Ghana to Burkina-Faso through the Namoo border town
on the Ghana side and Yeliwongo on the Burkina-Faso side.
Construction commenced in August 2018 on the same bridge which was first constructed
in 2003. Work of the bridge, and 8-kilometre
Bongo-Balungu-Namoo Road is
estimated at the cost of GH₵14,000,000. Due to poor maintenance culture, the bridge started
deteriorating, and it collapsed in 2014, but nothing was
done until President Akuffo-Addo ordered for its reconstruction.
However, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Bongo District, Hon. Peter Ayimbisa, in an interview, said,
|apart from the lives lost, the assembly has also lost a lot of revenue due to the collapse of the bridge.
He said the chiefs and people of the affected area have cooperated with the contractor to get the bridge fixed.
“It’s my prayer that our people in every part of the district will extend the same cooperation to contractors working on other development projects to ensure early completion.
These projects will bring development to our own communities,” the DCE added.
Story By: Justice k. Aniah Baba