Apatrapa New Site Death Trap Bridge
Residents of Apatrapa Newsite in the Kwadaso municipality of the Ashanti Region are threatening to stage a massive protest over the poor nature of a bridge in the area which led to the death of two students last month.
Two students who were trying to crossed the broken Bridge fell and were swept away by flooding water into a drain leading to their deaths.
The entire community of Apatrapa Newsite was thrown in a state of shock and grief on 2nd March 2021 when the unfortunate incident occured.
Following the incident, government officials including the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso constituency Dr Kingsley Nyarko visited the scene as usual, to assess the situation where he pledged to fix the over two years death trap bridge.
One month on, the state of the bridge has worsened, as a part of it has been left hanging while other parts including the broken covert has been Swept away by the heavy floods.
Some of the residents who expressed their dissatisfaction about the situation told this portal that they will stage a demonstration over the matter.
One of them said “When it rains heavily, school children around this area are not able to go to school, even drivers and commuters are not able to use this stretch to their destinations. We’re really suffering. If the authorities fail to fix our bridge, we will demonstrate against government”.
The residents said “if they fail to fix the bridge, we will all come together and drive away any politician who will come here to campaign during elections. How will they come to campaign if the people living in this area are all killed by the floods. We are mobilizing ourselves to protest and show our anger about the recent disaster that occurred here”, she added.
Chairman of the landlord Association in the community Agya-Sei said, the demands of the residents are in order.
“We are only appealing Akufo-Addo’s government and if they fail to fix our bridge we will all come out and demonstrate, because that is the only language Government now understands. If you need something from Government and you don’t embark on a demonstration, your problem is not given any attention. So we are appealing to Government and the necessary authorities to help us”, he appealed.
Meanwhile, Assembly member in the area Mr Collins Boamah the bridge has been given to a contractor who started some months ago but has abandoned the project with an excuse of money issue. ” I called the contractor to find out why he has parked all his tools from the site and he told me government still owes him and don’t have money to complete it,” he said.
By: Akwadaa Nyame