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Fix Bongo-Balungu bridge- Commuters and drivers to gov’t

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Commuters and drivers plying the Bongo-Balungu road in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region want government to as matter of urgency appoint a contractor to work on the Bongo-Balungu bridge which links over five communities including Balungu, Namoo, Lungo, Gorogo, Sambolgo among others.

The construction of the bridge which is estimated to cost ¢14,000.00 started in August, last year but has stalled due to lack of funds.

The Balungu Bridge connects residents in communities such as Lungo, Sambolgo, Namoo, Zorkor to the Bongo Township.

Since the bridge collapsed in 2015, drivers of articulated trucks who hitherto plied this route to neighboring Burkina Faso, have now resorted to using the Navrongo-Paga road to Burkina Faso.

Teachers, Nurses and other public sector workers have no option than to abandoned their work anytime it rains.

Farmers in the area have over the years been recording high level of post-harvest losses due to the bad nature of the 8kilometer stretch of the Bongo-Balungu road.

In an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana, a resident of the area, Moses Akoogo, expressed worry over the situation.

Assembly member for Gorogo Electoral Area, Stephen Anafo, said the bad nature of the road is impacting negatively on their local economy.

In his response, the District Chief Executive for Bongo, Peter Ayinbisah Ayamga, was equally not happy about the situation.

“Before the contractor working on the bridge left site, work was about 80 percent complete but as we speak the torrential rains recorded in the region for past weeks have washed away some of the culverts.”

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