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Karaga gets a bridge



The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Karaga, Mr. Alhassan Yabdow, on behalf of the President, Mr. Nana Akuffo Addo, has performed a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a bridge separating two communities, Nambrugu and Bagli in the Karaga district.

The two communities have been separated for some time now since the collapse of the bridge earlier last year. The situation made it difficult for community members to transport their farm produce to communities at the other side for sale.

This, community members say, has become a source of worry to them. The construction of the bridge is in fulfilment of a campaign promise made by the NPP. The bridge, when complete, is expected to enhance the easy movement and transportation of farm produce to the Karaga Township.

The symbolic ceremony took place at Nambrugu, where the DCE charged the construction firm tasked with the responsibility of executing the contract, China Jiangxi Engineering (GH) Limited, to complete the project on schedule.

He bemoaned the high illiteracy rate in the Karaga constituency but called on parents to make the enrolment of children in school a priority in order for them to be beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School programme implemented by the NPP government.

According to the chief executive, education is the key to the development of a society, hence the need for parents to enroll their children in school. Mr. Yabdow hinted that under the one district one factory programme, plans are far advanced to make irrigation farming active to enable farmers to cultivate all year round.

He further assured community members of the building of a rice processing factory and the installation of groundnut processing machines to improve farming in the Karaga constituency. Jankpini Naa, speaking on behalf of the chiefs, appealed to the DCE to, as a matter of importance, extend electricity to the various communities in the constituency.

He also called on the youth to be of good behaviour since the construction of the bridge is a source of employment. On his part, the site engineer of the project, Mr. Yaw Safo promised that the project would be delivered as scheduled.

Present at the function were chiefs, assembly members,  youth and religious leaders. The project is under the Ghana- Spain Bridges Projects Phase Two, under the Ministry of Roads and Highways (Department of feeder roads), with funding from Ghana-Spanish Debt SWAP.

By: Lilian D. Walter

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