Hon. Andrew Dari Chiwitey, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sawla-Tuna- Kalba constituency, has expressed worry about the bad nature of the Tuna-Kalba road in the area, compounded by recent heavy rains. The situation, he said, was making life quite uncomfortable for the people.
The MP Stated this when he embarked on tour of a road to ascertain the extent of damage of the road .
On 11th August, 2021 there was a heavy down poor on the Tuna-Kalba stretch which washed away part of the road including Kalba and Kunfugsi culverts causing fear and panic among residents of the area.
On this score the Deputy Ranking member of parliament select committee on Works and Housing found it necessary to visit the area.
Addressing the media, the MP said he doesn’t know why the road has been neglected for so long without any attempt to fix it.
According to the member of parliament the road was awarded on contract in 2016 and was expected to be completed in April 2018 but never materialised for which I questioned the sector minister in 2017 which he assured that the road was 30% complete and contractor will be on site to complete the road.
That was not done I pose a question again this year on the same road of which he assured me that the contractor will be on site in four weeks time, the MP reiterated.
He said the people in the area are also Ghanaians and deserve better roads not only Kyebi people who have got asphalt roads, this mean NPP government are not showing any commitment in constructing the road.
He added that the deplorable road is linking Burkina Faso and Cote d’ voire and having one of the best market in the country only for Hon Amoako Atta to tell us that we are thinking fast as Ghanaians because the Government is ahead on roads construction.
Mr Samoya Tingbani, the chief Imam said if nothing is done on the road in the shortest possible time they might lose their livelihood as armed robbers seizey the opportunity to rob residents at that point.
Mr Kipo a resident said if the road is washed away it will affect business activities, education, security among other so they are pleading with the Government to as a matter of urgency fix the road.
Kalbawura Amalia Saaka said he can’t sleep because of the situation. The chief said the last time it happened they organised a communal labour with sacks to fix it but this time around it is beyond our task.
He called on the government to a matter of agency fix the road as any other heavy downpour will divide the road into two.
The Tuna- Kalba road was awarded in 2016 to MESSRS logistics support limited by erstwhile John Mahama administration as a bitumen road to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, but work stalled after the 2016 election.