Tuesday 17th September, 2019
Edward Williams, GNA
Hohoe (V/R), Sept. 17, GNA – A broken
footbridge at Hohoe-Tokoni in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region has
become a death trap to residents, particularly school children and teachers of
the Hohoe Bethel Methodist Primary School.
The crumbling wooden footbridge serves more
than 300 residents in and around the Tokoni Community, including market women.
A complete breakdown of the bridge will not
only affect economic activities but also school activities.
A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to
the site saw one side of the bridge completely off, becoming an easy trap for
At about 0730 hours on Monday, the GNA
monitored how residents, including market women and school children, were
steadily and cautiously crossing the weak bridge, avoiding its broken side.
In an interview with the GNA, Madam Ruby
Agbanu, the Headmistress of the Hohoe Bethel Methodist Primary School, which is
close to the footbridge, said: “The Hohoe Methodist Church and the
School’s PTA decided to cover both sides of the footbridge after a class three
pupil fell in it.”
She said countless efforts and attempts to
get the Assemblyman and the Hohoe Municipal Assembly to work on it had proven
Madam Agbanu said the bridge’s weak nature
was due to activities of motor riders and that “a motor rider fell on the
bridge destroying one side of it.”
When the GNA contacted Mr Prosper Folitse,
the Hohoe Municipal Works Engineer, he said the Assembly was aware of the
problem and had factored its maintenance into the Action Plan.