The Member of Parliament for the Wa West constituency of the Upper West Region, Hon. Rtd Peter Lanchene Toobu has fully absorbed the GH¢15,000.00 cost involved in the temporal repair of the Nakor bridge built in 1960 that was washed off by water in August 2020 and has since not been attended to.
He says the road that passes through the bridge links a lot of communities within the Wa West district to the Upper West Regional capital Wa, adding that it is paramount for a temporal action to be taken whiles waiting on government’s response hence his move to ensuring that a temporal bridge is built by absorbing the cost.
“All the communities came together and said if central government will not hear our cry, the district Assembly will cry and they are not hearing, we cried and the regional cannot do anything, we have to survive by ourselves. So the communities contributed some money they went and got an excavator to take out the broken culvert and they are trying to build a small bridge that at least motorbikes and tricycles can pass through and that is basically what they are doing. I have been told by the Assemblyman that the project will cost them not less than GH¢15,000.00. I want to take up that cost of ensuring that the temporal bridge is built for these people. I don’t really care if it is my own salary I will do that” he stated.
The MP further indicated that, the collapsed bridge has made it difficult for teachers, nurses and other health workers to provide services to the Nakor community and its environs especially in the peak of raining season.
Hon. Lanchene seized the opportunity and called on the central government to as a matter of urgency to heed to the cry of the people of Wa West district by rebuilding the collapsed bridge.
“I will go and put pressure on central government, this is the second year of roads as declared by the President, I am pleading this particular bridge, this particular spill way I am pleading needs central government’s attention” he pleaded.
The multi-purpose bridge serves as passage for Nakor, Polee, Bawa, Laniyiri among others and again served as spill way for the Nakor dam. The broken bridge had resulted in the inability of the dam to hold water any longer.
The Member of Parliament made the pledge on Monday June 7, 2021 when he tours some parts of the constituency including Nakor to thank them for giving him their mandate to represent them in parliament.
Meanwhile Assemblyman for the area, Hon. Seidu Kasim who thanked the Member of Parliament for the pledge stressed that the collapsed bridged has made mobility uneasy for the people of Nakor and its environs as many people cannot pass through the bridge during down pour.
He explained that, a formal complain was communicated to the district Assembly and the DCE later briefed him that an official communication was sent to the office of the Feeder Roads Department but nothing positive came out of it until they got a feedback from the Assembly’s Engineer that a temporal bridge can be constructed. Hence their contribution towards that agenda until the MP visited the area and agreed to take up the cost.