AGGRIEVED residents of Santa-Maria Last Stop in Ga Central Municipality of the Greater Accra Region have vented their spleen on the management of Ga Central Municipal Assembly for their alleged roles in contributing to the flooding situation in the area.
According to narrations by the residents who sent a video to Daily Analyst, the management of the Assembly headed by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Dr Emmanuel Lamptey allegedly supervised shoddy footbridge project on the Lafa River Santa Maria Last Stop which has now posed a grave danger to lives of residents of the area and its adjoining environs.
The residents indicated that the footbridge has now become a waterlogged area which largely contributes to flooding in the area anytime it rains.
According to them, the torrential rain on Wednesday October 28, 2020 has caused extensive flooding of several low-lying areas at Santa Maria Last Stop and residents are cleaning up the mess.
They lamented that hundreds of residents, in the water low-lying areas at Santa Maria Last Stop community near Sowutiom have been rendered homeless by Wednesday rain which poured around 3 pm, disrupting lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
The floods have affected some plush houses in the area for which the residents are calling on the charitable organisations and philanthropists to complement efforts by government to assuage the challenges faced by the victims.
They have, therefore, appealed for humanitarian assistance to lessen the plight of the people in the affected area within the Santa Maria Last Stop.
The Santa Maria Last Stop had a perennial flooding problem and residents are angry that the government through the Assembly has failed to deliver on its promise to solve the problem.
There were no casualties , but bridges and culverts were once again swept away. The rain soaked properties of the residents.
They noted that during the construction of the bridge they
raised a red flag about the shoddy works they detected and drew the attention of the management of the Assembly about the issue but the Assembly failed advised the contractor.
According to the residents, their protest against the shoddy work by the contractor has stemmed from the fact that the level of the new footbridge which would short routes to the communities such as Anyaa-Awoshie, A-Lang, Sowutuom, Mallam-Gbawe, Bortianor, Tabora-Israel and vice-versa in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency was very low.
To bustress their case further, the residents clarified that they pointed out to the contractor and the Assembly that whenever there is a heavy down pour the new bridge would surely flood since the place is the flood prone area but their advised was taken seriously.
The situation, the residents stressed has compiled them to raise an alarm by way of drawing an immediate attention to the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior to impress upon fhe Ga Central Municipal Assembly to advise the contractor to take a second look of the low level of the footbridge.
According to them, the existing standard footbridge constructed by the Member Parliament (MP) for Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency, Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, for the residents which the contractor came to demolish is far better than the new one constructed.
“We realised that the new footbridge did not meet the standard of previous one which was demolished.For the look of things critically, we can say on the authority that the new footbridge cannot at any point time mitigate the severe rainstorms in the area, hence we calling on the state authorities to ask the contractor to come back to do needful things that could safe the situation,” the residents stated.
Failure to impress upon the contractor to come back to raise the footbridge to the high level would be serious disaster should incase there is heavy rains which means that there is no value for money for using the tax payers money to construct the footbridge.
In a visit to the area, the residents could not their anger as they were quick to disclose the shoddy works done by the contractor.
They revealed to this reporter that the steel materials being used on the works of the project before the concrete was cast on the bridge were not standard materials supposed to be used.
Indeed, they stated that the gutter also posed a health risk to residents as it had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.
The distraught residents expressed their utter disappointment in the management of Ga Central Municipal Assembly.
“We are saying that we are not happy with this development because we cannot go to work any time it starts to rain,” they said.
They stated that the Assembly was not concerned about the problem and “so we are appealing to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impress upon the Assembly to ensure that the footbridge reconstructed as early as possible.
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