THE Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast North, Mrs Barbara Asher-Ayisi, has cut sod for the construction of a steel bridge at Nsuekyir, in the Cape Coast Metropolis of the Central Region.
The bridge after its completion would replace the old wooden bridge that links the community with the Cape Coast Technical University and its adjoining communities.
Whenever it rains and the Kakum River overflows its bank, the area is cut off as the bridge is submerged by water, compelling residents to use a different route to nearby communities.
Members of the community had over the years advocated the replacement of the old bridge as they argued that it had become a death-trap.
The community members initiated a project to construct a new bridge, but they could not do so due to financial constraints.
Mrs Asher-Ayisi, who is also the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, said drains would be constructed at Akotokyir and Abura communities.
She explained that the project would be completed within four months to enable the people cross the Kakum River to the nearby communities.
Mrs Asher-Ayisi said the project formed part of government’s agenda of ensuring the total development of the country.
Mrs Asher-Ayisi expressed optimism that the completion of the project would ensure the opening up of the area in terms of development activities as well as the promotion of tourism and other economic activities.
She gave an assurance that the current administration under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was committed towards developing the country and urged Ghanaians to support the government in that direction.
Some of the residents after the sod-cutting ceremony commended Mrs Asher-Ayisi for the initiative and explained that, it had come at the opportune time.
They explained that, one had to carefully walk on the weak wooden bridge in order not to fall into the river, adding, “We are glad our fears of an accident on the wooden bridge would soon be a thing of the past.”
Mrs Barbara Asher-Ayisi cutting a sod for work to begin on the steel bridge
FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, CAPE COAST