Residents of Hemang in the Afigya Kwabre East district in the Ashanti region have had their movements and economic activities disrupted, following the total collapse of the bridge that linked them to nearby communities, making life unbearable for them.
The bridge, which linked them to Afrancho, Ntiribuoho and Akropong was destroyed following the devastated rainfall that hit Kumasi and its environs which destroyed properties and loss of lives.
Vehicular movements are seriously affected, especially for the school children who commute to other communities for classes as they have to resort to long alternative routes to their destinations, affecting their classes’ hours.
Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame who visited the community said the bridge which was near collapse before the rainfall, has been broken into pieces and most parts falling into the river, making it impassable.
Residents including the unite committee chairman speaking On Omanbapa program at Silver FM hosted by Nana Kwabena Ampratwum said the bridge destruction has created a lot of problems for them in their economic activities.
“Before the rain collapsing the bridge, we were even afraid of using it as it was at a near collapse, now it has been destroyed by the last two weeks heavy rainfall. We can’t go to the market to trade, those who farm in the other communities can no longer go. Even some school children are at home because they cannot swim to go to school, those who go use long alternative routes, which comes with a cost” he lamented.
Assembly member in the area, Hon John Arthur aka Abi Kumasi also complained that “before the collapse of the bridge, we appealed to the MP of the area, Hon.Owuraku Aidoo but we are yet to hear any positive response from him. Because these communities is within the Afigya Kwabre East district, we also appealed to the DCE in the district, Hon Adu Poku Christian aka APC to assist in its reconstruction but he too did nothing about it.”
“Now that they have neglected us, we are appealing to the central government and NGOs to assist in reconstructing the destroyed bridge to save us from hardships,” he appealed.
Credit.: Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)