Kwesi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, has issued a one-week deadline to award construction work on all of the bridges that were demolished in the Upper West Region during last Friday’s downpour.
The Minister, who was speaking to the media after touring the catastrophe sites in the region, described the floods as a national calamity that requires the government to respond quickly to alleviate the suffering of road users in the area.
On Monday, August 16, 2021, Mr. Amoako-Atta and some high-ranking Ministry officials travelled on an emergency journey to the Upper West Region to assess the degree of damage caused by the region’s floods last Friday.
The crew, led by Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, took to the skies in a helicopter to get a good look at sections of key roads that had been washed out, as well as fields that had been drowned due to the excessive rains.
Following the trip, the Roads Minister addressed the media, saying that the government views the incident as a national calamity and will mobilize resources to repair the roads in record time.
“Even though the situation has never been underestimated, we have had an aerial view of it. What we’ve seen so far has left us speechless. We are, nonetheless, optimistic that the problem may be resolved.”
The Roads Minister stated that a lead contractor has already been opted and will soon move to the affected areas once all arrangements have been finalized; he also stated that his organization is working with the National Disaster Management Organization and all other relevant authorities to obtain relief items for those whose farms have been affected.
“The government is taking this issue very seriously, and we will ensure that reconstruction begins within a week,” he continued.
Meanwhile, road users in the Upper West Region are already experiencing the burden of road closures due to astronomically raised transportation charges.