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Demonstration against Akufo-Addo to fix a collapsed bridge in Eastern Region

Demonstration against Akufo-Addo to fix a collapsed bridge in Eastern Region

Okorase Domeabra farmers within the Akwapim North Municipality of Eastern Region of Ghana have protested to demand the reconstruction of their footbridge linking farmlands and the communities in the area.

The collapse of the bridge has affected the carting of farm produce to plug centers and stop residents at Korasang within the Suhum municipality.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1908 for cocoa farmers at Metieam by the Swizz missionaries.

The footbridge linking the Okorase Domeabra and Korasang collapsed three weeks ago and nothing has been done about it.

Maintenance to safeguarding was done but with time it got weak and has finally deteriorated.

The farmers on day to day endure walking miles carrying their farm produce to vantage points.

As a result of the bridge collapse, farmers at Korasang in the Suhum municipality are stopped from the shorter road.

The farmers cultivate cassava and plantain to feed parts of the Eastern and Greater Accra regions.

Other residents need to travel two miles before they will reach the closest clinic for treatment.

There are moreover unrecorded deaths of youngsters who fell off the bridge when it had been dangerous.

Due to that, the farmers took to a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday, 8th September 2021 to drive home their needs.

The farmers want their footbridge reconstructed and roads reshaped for straightforward access.

“The road is in a bad condition, we want it done well so we don’t beat extra cost paying people to carry our products for us.”

Okorase Domeabra Queen mother, Nana Oye Asiwaa Apem accused the Akwapim North Member of Parliament Nana Akua Dokua of not helping to require action after several letters and dialogue was held together with her.

She said “We have lost kids on the then weak bridge, now health attendants can’t come to us. The Cocoa farmers and people who do cassava and plantain from Koransang bring to a halt. Women need to travel two miles before they will get health care delivery at the Koforidua.”

According to her, the Okorase Domeabra community was blessed with a train system that helped in carting their foodstuffs years past but successive governments’ inability to take care of the old train system has caused the train lines to be taken over by weeds.

The Assemblymen for the 2 affected electoral areas said efforts to urge the attention of local authorities haven’t been successful.

And the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has also not said anything about it.

The people of Okorase Domeabra are hoping for work to be commenced soon on the bridge to alleviate their plight, else they’re going to have to continue trekking miles to cart their food products to market centers in the area, the Queen Mother said.

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Demonstration against the Akufo-Addo

Demonstration against the Akufo-Addo

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