The Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu, John Jinapor, has called for an alternative transportation system for the people, whilst the government works to repair the Buipe-Yapei Bridge.
He suggests that the government sends a ferry to the area to help in the transportation of persons and goods from the North to the South.
[contextly_sidebar id=”pqJNouE0dCr0NCQ81lyBrR1jlmRc15WR”]According to Mr. Jinapor, the area has the infrastructure to support the transportation means if the government provides the ferries.
The bridge was closed down last week to allow repair works as it poses serious threats to both motorists and pedestrians.
But John Jinapor, who laments the effect the closure of the bridge is having on both local and international transportation, is calling for immediate action to address the challenges.
“Before the construction of the bridge, there was a ferry both on the Yapei and Buipe bridges so the infrastructure is already there. You will see where the ferries used to operate there. I’m surprised because this is not just for the Yapei Gushegu constituency, it is for all the neighboring countries; Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali. They all use this major trunk road so it can have a debilitating effect on revenue we get from the ports, but more importantly the transportation of foodstuff from the North. It is a major problem, and I wish government will expedite action on it,” he told Citi News.
The temporary closure of the Buipe and Yapei bridges in the Central Gonja District of the Northern Region is affecting socioeconomic activities in the area and beyond.
Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta ordered the temporary measure for routine maintenance ahead of the Christmas.
The Minister earlier in a Citi News interview posited that, the two bridges were near collapse, hence the closure.
He estimated that the rehabilitation works would last for four weeks, and proposed that motorists should use the Eastern Corridor, Fufulso-Sawla and Central routes as alternatives.
Since the closure, motorists from the Sahel and Northern and Upper East Regions, have been stranded due to the long hours they have to spend waiting to cross.
Passengers in long vehicles are compelled to get down and walk across the bridge to continue the journey in standby buses at the other end.
Parliament summons Roads Minister over closure of Buipe, Yapei bridges
The rehabilitation alone is to cost the state some Ghc4 million.
Meanwhile, the construction of the Daboya bridge along that of Buipe and Yapei, will begin in 2018. Each of the three new bridges is estimated at 25 million US dollars.
Parliament on Tuesday summoned the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, over the seeming chaos that has characterized the closure of the Buipe and Yapei Bridge for rehabilitation works.
During parliamentary proceedings on Tuesday, the Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu, said the Minister must brief the house about contingency arrangements made for travelers who will be affected by the closure of the bridges.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana