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Deplorable roads in the Upper West Region are to be rehabilitated under an emergency programme of the Ministry of Roads and Highways to avert the situation where towns and communities are cut from the rest of the country during the rainy season.
The sector Minister, Mr. Joe Gidisu, said this during a two-day inspection tour of the region to assess the situation of roads in the area.
Selected roads to be given immediate attention under the emergency programme are the Ga-Wechia bridge and the Lasia-Wa road in the Wa West District estimated to cost GH¢ 79,000.
The two roads were destroyed by heavy rains last year cutting off the district completely from the rest region.
Other roads are the Jirapa-Ping bridge that claimed the lives of two school children who attempted crossing the collapsed bridge and got drowned, the Wellemballa Bugbelle bridge and some other bridges on the Wa-Tumu road that have caved in and have become death traps.
Mr. Gidisu said the drainage systems in the Wa Municipality and Tumu, would be briught on board to ensure the free flow of water during heavy downpour to avert flooding.
On the Wa-Tumu-Bolgatanga road, the Minister explained that the tarring of the road this year would not be possible but that would be made motorable through spot improvement and periodic maintainance to enhance smooth movement of goods and people.
Mr. Gidisu that under a Japanese grant , the Tumu town roads were to be tarred within the next six months.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid, hoped that the visit of the Minister would help address the poor road network in the regionto enhance business and commerce, boost agriculture and help reduce poverty.