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Jirapa: MCE Issues Statement on roads damaged by torrential rains

The Municipal Chief Executive for Jirapa, Honourable Christine Bombanye Amadu has said the essence of the decision by the Jirapa Municipal Security Council, to tour some roads in Jirapa which have been damaged by the torrential rains on the 12th of August 2021 was “to access the situation and present quick reports to the Regional Coordinating Council and other stakeholders like Feeder Roads and Ghana High Ways Authority”.

Earlier yesterday Sunday August 15, 2021, Honourable Christine Bombanye Amadu led a team drawn from the Municipal Security Council to visit places like Bakpong, Sanwie, Yibile, Kogri, Wulling and Yagga.

According to her, the extent of damages are so huge and very devasting and so requires major works to be done to put them (roads) back into safe motorable state.

She observed that “The roads linking Gbare to Sanwie, Tampaala to Yibile, Dantie to Kogri, Wulling to Babile, Yagga to Yiziiri linking the Nadowli/Kaleo district are all cut off”.

She however admitted that “the magnitude of the damage (on the roads) is beyond the Jirapa Municipal assembly. We as MUSEC have gone to access the situation and would present quick reports to RCC and other stakeholders like Feeder Roads and Ghana High Ways Authority. Fortunately, the Minister for Roads will be in the region today (Monday August 16, 2021) and these reports would be given to him for urgent redress” she revealed.

The MCE outlined some consequences of the devastation. She indicated that “those roads are not accessible and cannot be used. My worry is a journey that takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour would now take about two hours due to road diversion. Prices of consumable items that are coming from Techiman and Wa into the municipality have increased because lorry fares have now increased due to road diversions. The Assembly would handle this matter with all the seriousness it needs to make sure these roads are fixed so that people can go about their normal duties”.

After a similar tour of the region, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih earlier indicated that the situation has already been reported to the the minister of roads and Highways. Urgent attention from the Central government is needed to get the affected roads restored because the extent of damages caused are beyond the capacity of the MMDAs in the region.

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