Some local churches and other companies has supported the Asokwah municipal Assembly to construct a 25-meter footbridge for residents of Ahinsan Estate and Anloga in the Ashanti Region.
The initiative forms part of efforts by the local churches including the assembly member in the area Hon Nana Yaw Wiredu to reduce the risks associated with disasters, especially in flood-prone areas. Anloga and Ahinsan Estate and its environs experience floods multiple times each year, posing serious threats to lives and properties of more than 20,000 inhabitants.
The footbridge replaces a weak wooden bridge which easily washed away after a downpour, making it impassable to residents, and risking the lives of children who seek a passage through the floods.
In an interview with silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame, the committee secretary Mr Solomon Kumi who make the project came through explained during Omanbapa program that, lessons learned from the Ahinsan Estate project can guide local government authorities as they replicate the effort in their jurisdiction. He underscored the need to adequately resource decentralized government institutions to put adequate infrastructure in place to make communities safe and resilient.
He added then expressed the need for communities to be better prepared through the establishment of appropriate early warning systems to enhance effective adaptation to the impacts of climate change. “This footbridge does not only contribute to disaster risk reduction, but also benefits the children in the community as they safely commute to school daily”, he said.
The footbridge was inaugurated by the Asokwa MCE and the assembly member Hon Nana Yaw wiredu including some head pastors in the community.
Residents in the area also commended the committee in charge of the construction of the project and the assembly member for the effort to replace the old one which had been washed away by floods that came from the Susan river about a year go.
Hon Nana Yaw wiredu in an interview applaud the committee in charge of the bridge work hand in hand with the Religious leaders bring this initiative on board but urge the residents who is going to use the bridge to make good use of it.
Mr Solomon Kumi who is the secretary in charge of the project expressed appreciation to all who contributed in diverse ways to get the bridge on site.
He noted that the construction of the bridge was urgent since the place served as a link route for people at Ahinsan and Anloga community which is within the Oforikrom Municipality.
He also thanks churches and companies like Episcopal, the churche of Pentecost, Kingdom Seekers Assembly, The Holy Spirit Church and others for the efforts they made to ensure the construction of the bridge.
Credit: Akwadaa Nyame(Silver Fm)