The Member of Parliament for Yape Kusawgu Constituency, John Jinapor has disclosed that he wasn’t consulted before the action to close down the Buipe Bridge in the Northern Region of Ghana by the Minister for Roads and Highways was taken.
He disclosed this in an interview with RSM Kofi Doe Lawson of Homebase tv Ghana.
The Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) on Monday, November 20, 2017, closed down the Buipe and Yapei bridges in the Northern Region. According to the Ghana Highways Authority, the bridges have become a threat to motorists and pedestrians due to the poor conditions of the bridges.
According to John Jinapor, the Minister for Roads and Highways Kwasi Amoako Atta decided to close the bridge in less than 24hours after he paid a visit to Buipe.
“If you close a bridge 24hours after visiting the place, it creates inconveniences for everybody. Yes, it is good to close the bridge if there are safety concerns but I think that it could have been done in a much better way” he explained.
According to the Member of Parliament, the minister knew very well, there were some defects after the repair works earlier this year but he neglected the bridge and left it to rot.
“Clearly if he was monitoring it very well and the engineers had been briefing him adequately then he did not have to travel all the way to Buipe to know the state of the bridge. He would have also given us ample time to before the closure of the bridge” he added.
Hon. John Jinapor added that he wasn’t consulted on the closure of the bridge, rather he heard of the closure on air “just like everyone else”
The Buipe Bridge is expected to open by the December 21, 2017.
Source: Kofi Doe Lawson/hbtvghana.com