The people of Bunkpurugu and its surrounding communities in the Northern Region have been left to their fate after a bridge linking the East Mamprusi District to the regional capital Tamale collapsed more than a week ago and left unattended.

The bridge is located at Nalerigu and since its collapse, the people are unable to cross over to Tamale and beyond through the Nalerigu Gambaga Walewale stretch making transportation very difficult.

It is so pathetic and disheartening to see how citizens wade through the river carrying their heavy luggage in their bid to travel to any of the towns on that link road. But the scene is even worst when the river floods.

The bridge has been in a deplorable state on that neglected road for some time and all efforts to get the authorities to attend to have ended in a fiasco.

Now that it’s fallen apart, the people are completely helpless especially in a rainy season like this meanwhile the only
an alternative route is the Nankpanduri-Garu-Bawku stretch which is so much distance to cover in a day as it is expensive to travel through that link.

Aside from students, business people, tourists who don’t have access to these places, pregnant women and the sick who need to access health care at Nalerigu, Walewale or Tamale are the most affected and therefore appealing to the government to hear their cry.

All attempts to reach out to the Minister of Roads and Highways Hon. Akwasi Amoako Atta has proven futile.

The MP for Nalerigu and Minister of Local Government, Hon Hajia Alima Mahama, has also been beyond reach. The most annoying thing is that the MP for Bunkpurugu who doubles as the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Hon Solomon Boar, has also deserted his people as he won’t even answer the call of his people.

The woefully under-resourced Bunkpurugu District Assembly is also handicapped because they lack the financial muscle to rescue the situation.

The people are begging all well-meaning Ghanaians especially the media to come to their aid by drawing the attention of relevant authorities to their desperation.

Source: Metro News | Krobea Asante |

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