Roads in Bongo Township Receiving Massive Facelift

Some three town roads within the Bongo township, capital of the Bongo District of the Upper East Region are being constructed in the Assembly’s efforts to open up the immediate communities as well as ease travelling in and outside the capital. The roads include the Bongo central market-Tingre-Atampiisi stretch, the filling station-Valley View-old Fire Service road, and the Apiogea-Abagre stretch of road.

The contractor on the Apiogea-Abagre stretch
The contractor on the Apiogea-Abagre stretch

District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo Hon. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga who led some reporters on a tour to inspect the progress of works on the said roads, observed that the roads had been left to deteriorate through the decades to the extent that they were almost unmotorable especially during the rainy seasons. He said his administration, therefore, decided to source funding to put the roads back in good form to remove the bottlenecks his constituents were facing regarding movement via these roads. All the roads put together, totaled some 11 kilometres.

Hon. Ayinbisa who is also the New Patriotic Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Bongo Constituency in this December’s general elections disclosed that the Assembly consequently drew funding from the District Development Facility (DDF) to the tune of 50-thousand Ghana Cedis for various degrees of facelift works on the roads mentioned earlier above. According to the DCE, the contractor was moving at a very encouraging speed as the works are expected to be completed within the next few weeks. He however noted that works on the Central market-Tingre road had a few setbacks as some structures including private property and market stores, stood in the way of the road.

The DCE added that some positive talks were being held with the property owners concerned to move out immediately for the smooth and timely and timely completion of the works as people had endured a lot of stress already using the stretch. He commended landowners and other property owners for their understanding as he expressed his relief saying that in all the discussions held so far, the usual nagging issues of compensation did not crop up anyway. He gave the assurance a good outcome was highly expected as the Assembly’s own technical staff were keenly supervising the contractor in real-time.

Bongo Central Market Water System
Bongo Central Market Water System

Meanwhile, along the line, the DCE and his team made time to inspect ongoing works on the drilling, construction, and mechanisation of a borehole with overhead jumbo polytanks and installation of 500 litre tanks at the Bongo Central market in aid of the COVID-19 fight and also, to improve sanitation at the market. Hon. Ayinbisa disclosed that the Bongo-Soe market was also benefitting from the same type of project valued together to cost about 72,000 Ghana Cedis. He added that the Zorkor market too had a sanitation project with a mechanised hand-pump and 3-number 500-Litre polytanks for hand-washing purposes. This one he stated, was estimated to cost the Assembly some 33,000 Ghana Cedis.

Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam (ISD-Bongo)

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