20 February 2013

Ghana: Elmina Castle Bridge Is a Death Trap - Residents

Elmina — The resident of Elmina in the Komenda Edina Eguafo- Abirem (KEEA) Municipality in the Central Region have appealed to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament of the area, Nana Ato Arthur to reconstruct the Brenya Lagoon Bridge that links the castle to the Elmina Township, since it possess danger to users.

According to them, the bridge, which has become a death trap for vehicles, fishermen, tourists and pedestrians, has never seen any major repair since its construction in 1935.

They noted that initially, the bridge, which was constructed with cement and gravels had several cracks, which prompted the then Municipal Chief Executive to replace them with iron rods, but the rods has become rusty again.

According to them, the pavement on the bridge has already collapsed, compelling pedestrians and vehicles to share the little available space which pose dangers to vehicles and pedestrians.

Inspecting the bridge on Monday morning, the Member Of Parliament for KEEA, Nana Ato Arthur, observed that the walkway on the bridge was damaged beyond repairs.

He said the castle is a tourism hub and the bridge in question links the castle to the township, and that its deterioration could deter tourists and other foreigners from coming to the town because of the dangers it is posing.

According to Dr. Ato Arthur, it is about time the MP, MCE, Nananom and other authorities come together to ban heavy duty trucks carrying cement, sand and other heavy cargo from using the bridge.

The MP appealed to Ghanaians to work on their maintenance culture since most properties are destroyed due to lack of maintenance and also advised citizens who sit or sleep under the bridge to eschew the behavior, since it is dangerous for their lives.

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