By Cecil Mensah
The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has ordered for the immediate stoppage of all commercial activities on the dilapidated Kaneshie foot bridge, to save lives and properties in the Accra Metropolis.
According to the Mayor, the Assembly is very much concerned about the public outcry on the state of the footbridge, hence the Assembly’s decision to halt all commercial activities on the bridge to save lives.
He said, the Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) has secured the necessary funding for the rehabilitation of the footbridge and make it pedestrian friendly.
The Mayor’s decision to halt all commercial activities on the foot bridge, was based on an assessment conducted by the highway officials, who called for immediate action to be taken to the rehabilitate the bridge.
Dr Vanderpuije made this disclosure in an interview with some selected journalists after he and his officials paid a working visit to the Kaneshie market to assess the level of damage on the foot bridge.
The Mayor minces no words when ordered for the removal of the heavy advertising billboards hanging on the bridge.
He said, the hanging of the billboards on the foot bridge over the years has also contributed to the quick dilapidation on the bridge.
He posited that the hanging of the billboards coupled with the commercial activities on the bridge has contributed to the fast deplorable nature of the bridge, which has been serving people in the metropolis.
The Mayor further said, the Assembly is waiting for an assessment and recommendation reports from the GHA as to the possible closure of the footbridge for the renovation works.
The Mayor also intimated that after the rehabilitation of the Kaneshie footbridge, the Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana Highways Authority, would construct three new footbridges at Malam Junction, Darkuman Junction and one on the George Walker Bush N1 Highway in Abeka Lapaz, all suburbs in Accra.
Dr Okoe Vanderpuije noted that the Assembly is very much worried about the current state of the Kaneshie footbridge and gave the assurance that all efforts would be made to alleviate the fear of people who patronize the footbridge.