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Ghana’s minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has ordered the closure of the tollbooth at Buipe from Wednesday, September 15, 2021, for about four (4) weeks.
The closure is to make way for contractors, QCMI Construction ltd, to work on the damaged parts of the Kintampo Buipe-Tamale road within the stipulated time.
About two weeks ago, commuters on the Kintampo-Buipe-Tamale Highway were left stranded after an articulator truck and a bus traveling from opposite sides blocked portions of the road near the Buipe toll booth, leaving no space for other vehicles to move freely. This challenge saw the MP for Yapei-Kusawgu constituency, John Jinapor calling on the government of Ghana to fix the roads for road users as soon as possible.
The vehicles locked up just around the tollbooth while trying to navigate potholes that have developed on that part of the road. The incident resulted in heavy vehicular traffic of about two kilometers on both sides of the road rendering
To help fix that part of the road, Ghana government has given QCMI Construction Limited, four (4) weeks to fix the damaged parts of the it to pave way for smooth vehicular movement.
Howver, the Minister of Roads and Highways while inspecting ongoing works at Buipe in the Central Gonja district of Savannah region, directed the tollbooth on the road be closed the morning of Wednesday, 15th September, 2021.
This will allow the contractor enough space to work and to also toll protect collectors at the tollbooth.
“I am directing that they should stop collecting tolls within these four weeks because the contractors are working close to the toll booth area. It is not even safe for the collectors, and we must not create anything that will hinder the work and progress of the contractors. So, with immediate effect, I am directing the Chief Director to issue out a directive that both ends of the toll booths should be closed from Wednesday morning.”
He said the safety of the collectors is more important than the money.
Mr. Amoako-Attah also announced that contractors have been deployed to roads in the Savannah region that have been washed off by this year’s heavy downpour.
Some important roads in the Savanna Region have been washed off by rains, with the Busunu-Daboya road being the worse affected.
Mr. Amoako-Attah disclosed that contractors deployed to the Busunu-Daboya road have begun work and are expected to finish within shortest period of time.
The MP for Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency and deputy health minister, Alhaji Asei Mahama Seini visited the affected parts of the road and encouraged the contractor to speed up work on Tuesday September 14, 2021.
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