www.padfm.com.gh – News of Sept. 13, 2021 – Zulka
North Gonja District Chief Executive Officer, Hon Adam Eliasu a.k.a Red Bawa, has hinted that plans are underway to fix part of Daboya-Busunu road which got Cutt off due to heavy rains in the area on Saturday September 11, 2021, at Chachali in the North Gonja district of the Savannah region.
Hon Red Bawa said this on the Monday edition of Kareyanch3 Super Morning on Damongo based Peace and Development Radio (Radio PAD 95.1mhz). He expressed shocked at the high level of rains in the area and said the assembly is working towards fixing it for road users.
“The state of rains we are witnessing this year is beyond imaginations. I visited part of the road that has been cutt off or washed away and it’s not pleasant news for the area. We are however putting up measures to make life comfortable for the people of the area. We have asked the contractor to get back to site immediately to fix the situation to help road users get access to the Daboya-Chachali-Busunu road. So by close of work today Monday, September, 13, 2021, the Logistics Support Ltd, the construction firm, is expected back on site to help fix the problem.
Speaking to the host Abdulai Nuhu Zulka, the DCE added that the ministry of roads and highway is making frantic efforts to pay the construction firm about two million, five hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHC2.5M), being amount for certificate of work done on the road.
There are concerns and discussions around the duration it’s taking the contractor to complete work on the road since 2015. Whilst some said the NPP government is failing to pay the construction firm the amount due it, others believe that the contract be cancelled and given to a new contractor.
However, the former NPP Constituency Secretary for Daboya/Mankarigu said it’s not that easy to cancel and award contracts to new firms.
“The government of Ghana has not cancelled the contract with Logistics Support Ltd because such actions will further delay the progress of work on the road. The process of termination and awarding of new contracts need to go through a long scrutiny, it’s not that easy”, he said.
Hon Red Bawa disclosed that the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has taken stock of affected persons in the area so far and waiting on central government’s intervention to help the affected persons.
The rains have destroyed schools, homes, farms and other properties in the North Gonja district.
At Busunu in the West Gonja municipal assembly, the Hon Assembly Member for the Busunu Electoral Area, Thomas Dari disclosed that about 43 households have been affected after a heavy downpour on Saturday, September 11, 2021, with over 300 displaced.
He said the MP for Damongo constituency Samuel Abu Jinapor immediately sent a delegation to inspect and ascertain the extent of damage caused and later in the day the MP himself visited the affected area.
Upon his visit, the Damongo MP promised to construct a culvert around the area dam, to help prevent future occurrences. The over flow from the dam is believed to be the cause of the flooding at Busunu market area.
The Canteen Electoral Area Assembly Member, Hon Ananpansah Abraham said the heavy downpour has destroyed the Kpiri bridge which links the community and Damongo township, leaving schooling, farming and economic activities in jeopardy.
He called on the municipal assembly to use the emergency fund to help make the people comfortable whilst they take steps to fix the problem.
In the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district of the Savannah region, some communities in the Gbeniyiri Electoral Area are being cut off from the rest of the district due to heavy rains, according to the Hon Assembly Member for the area, Clement B. Nakoh.
He lamented over 20 communities in the Gbeniyiri Electoral Area on early hours of Sunday could not be accessed due to heavy downpour in the area causing a bridge in the area, which was constructed during the reign of the current Tuna Chief (Tunawura Mumuni Dramani) as the DCE for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, to get flooded.
Hon Nakoh therefore, appealed to the authorities to as matter of urgency, come to their aid as conditions are worsening since the bridge is cutt off.
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