Parliament has summoned the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwesi Amoako-Attah, to appear before the House and explain the circumstances that led to the closure of the Buipe and Yapei bridges.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, first made the call on the floor of parliament when the House resume sitting yexterday, Tuesday, 28 November,this year.
He noted that the closure of the bridge has resulted in untold hardship for travelers,to and from the Northern part of the country, especially as the Christmas and new year seasons are drawing nearer.
Mr Speaker, I want to seek your audience to draw attention to this House on something of national concern of security.
When you look at the back page of the Daily Graphic publication for today, Tuesday 28th November, you will see passengers stranded at Buipe and Yapei.”
“For this, Mr Speaker, we want the Roads and Highways Minister to furnish this house with what plans and alternative measures he put in place before announcing the closure of the bridge and what steps he is taking, together with the District Coordinating Council and the Assemblies to end this.”
“The closure is affecting businesses, it is affecting transportation, and we are in a Christmas where people will be moving their goods and services,” the Minority Leader said.
The closure of the bridge is to make way for rehabilitation works but has slowed down movement of goods and people to and from the Northern and the Southern parts.
Currently, the alternative routs to the Northern part are the Eastern Corridor road, which is also still under construction and the Wenchi side in the Bring Ahafo Region.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com Felix Engsalge Nyaaba