Hohoe broken footbridge poses danger to school children

Hohoe broken footbridge poses danger to school children
Source: GNA
Date: 17-09-2019 Time: 07:09:45:pm

A broken footbridge at Hohoe-Tokoni in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region has become a death trap to residents, particularly school children and teachers of the Hohoe Bethel Methodist Primary School.

The crumbling wooden footbridge serves more than 300 residents in and around the Tokoni Community, including market women.

A complete breakdown of the bridge will not only affect economic activities but also school activities.

A visit by reporters to the site saw one side of the bridge completely off, becoming an easy trap for users.  

At about 7:30 am on Monday reporters monitored how residents, including market women and schoolchildren, were steadily and cautiously crossing the weak bridge, avoiding its broken side.

In an interview Ruby Agbanu, the Headmistress of the Hohoe Bethel Methodist Primary School, which is close to the footbridge, said: "The Hohoe Methodist Church and the School’s PTA decided to cover both sides of the footbridge after a class three pupil fell in it."
   
She said countless efforts and attempts to get the Assemblyman and the Hohoe Municipal Assembly to work on it had proven futile.

Madam Agbanu said the bridge’s weak nature was due to activities of motor riders and that "a motor rider fell on the bridge destroying one side of it."

When the Hohoe Municipal Works Engineer, Prosper Folitse, was contacted, he said the Assembly was aware of the problem and had factored its maintenance into the Action Plan.