Residents of Assin Kushea and Adanse Hwediem in the Assin North and Adansi South Districts respectively have expressed worry over the neglect of the bridge linking the two towns and 15 other communities in the area which is affecting the socio-economic activities of the people.
According to residents, who spoke to Angel TV’s Kwame Owusu Asante Shadrack, work on the bridge has stalled for nearly two years and the contractor has abandoned site.
Farmers within the area complained that it is impossible to convey their farm produce to the market.
School children also find it difficult to cross over to school and have to resort to going through several towns before getting to their destination during heavy downpour.
Authorities “should do well to complete the bridge to lighten our burden and improve our economic fortunes”, said a worried resident.
Another male resident stated that “transporting cocoa and farm produce wouldn’t be a tedious job anymore. As at now, when you carry your cocoa, you have to leave it at one end of the bridge and look for an alternative to proceed”.
The residents believe that the bridge, when completed, will connect about 15 communities and those who travel from Accra to Dunkwaon Offin would have a shorter route to travel.
Some pregnant women, nurses and teachers who use the route to their destinations also narrated their ordeal while pleading with government to bring back the contractor on site to save them time and stress.
“Kushea has a big hospital but transporting sick persons there for medical care is problematic. As pregnant women, we are suffering to move to the hospital. It is difficult for us to go to the hospital. Sometimes you either give birth on the road to the hospital or lose the baby altogether so they should complete the bridge”.
Meanwhile, the Assembly member for the area, Adam Frimpong, who doubles as the NADMO Director for Assin North District Assembly urged the people to exercise patience as government is bent on completing the bridge for them.
“Engineers from the region recently came to survey the work to prepare the relevant documents. It is currently left with concrete works to finish the project. The road from Kushea and its environs must be worked on by Feeder roads before the contractor can complete the job”, Mr. Frimpong concluded.