Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu constituency in the Upper East Region, has called on the government to as a matter of necessity expedite action and fix the bad road linking Garu to Nakpadunri to save lives of citizens who ply on the road.
According to Hon Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, MP for Garu, the bad nature of the road is impeding economic activities in the communities as many residents could not access the road.
Speaking to The Republic shortly after asking a question to the Minister for Roads and Highway on the floor of parliament on Friday November 2, Mr Akuka said the Garu to Nakpadunri Road has become a DEATH TRAP.
He said, it has created a serious bad condition and has become the cause of many accidents in the two districts.
In addition to death, the MP said the road is also causing severe damage to the running Vehicles, adding that, the problem has reached its extreme and is consequently creating panic among drivers and citizens.
” Every week if not days, one life is lost in a road accident in Garu-Nakpanduri, fallen rocks from the scape causes a lot of road blocks. At time a journey which suppose to take 24 minutes drive, you spend more than an hour and at time causes serious damage along.”
“So the question is, why has construction on this road been neglected and yet other sectors are receiving huge amount of funds from government ? What is the government doing to get constructed or repair the road?, the MP expressed his concern.
The road which formed part of the Eastern Corridor road under constructions by the government is a busy road and is contributing to the revenue of the country.
Construction work on it has been neglected since 2017 and the rain has made it almost impossible for vehicles to ply on the roads.
These among others, compelled Hon Akuka to drag the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwesi Amoako Atta to parliament to answer questions as to why the road has been neglected despite it been an economic road in the country.
“Mr Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the road from Garu to Nakpanduri be constructed ?”he asked the Minister.
In response to the question, Mr Amoako-Atta told parliament that, the Garu-Nakpanduri road is a 30km section of the National Rout N2 also known as the Eastern Corridor Road.
According to him, the Road section stretch he’s from Nakpanduri in the Bunkprugu Yunyoo District of the Northern Region to Garu in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
The Minister stated that, the first 2km in Garu town and the last 4km to Nakpanduri are bituminous surface and both sections are in fair condition good for motorists, adding that, ” the remaining 24km( thus km 2.0- km 26,0) section is gravel surface and in fair condition.”
Mr Amoako-Atta said, government future programme on the road is to upgrade or rehabilitated to bituminous surface under the next phase of the Eastern Corridor Road Development Programme.
He assured the MP that, the Ministry would continue with routine maintenance, thus reshaping and gravel patching works to ensure an all year motorability of the road.
But Hon Akuka said he was unsatisfied with the answers by the sector minister and that government must find funds and treat the repairs of the road with utmost urgency.
He said the road is a serious death trap and blamed the government for its failure to put fix it to good shape.
Source: therepublicnewdonline.com/Felix Nyaaba