Work has begun on the faulty Adum-Footbridge amidst heavy security presence as hawkers and squatters protest the initiative by City Authorities in the Kumasi Metropolis.

This followed a Press Statement dated May 18, 2017 signed on behalf of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, which stated, the bridge would be closed down for repair works on May 22, 2017.

The statement cited deep cracks on the bridge which has necessitated for the closure of the bridge upon some technical advice by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Engineers.

According to the Statement, the Traders requested for a one month suspension of the closure but ironically, this action by City Authorities have been met with fierce protest by the traders as they thought they have not been treated fairly, thus the presence of the Military and Police at the site.

Despite the protest, Mr. Osei-Mensah, has taken an entrenched position, saying, “we are not going to back down on the closure and the works that is taking off today, we are not going to succumb to pressures from the traders, the cracks on the bridge pose a threat to everybody who patronize the bridge”.

Some affected traders also said that, the City Authorities should have given them ample time to vacuate the place, since they were not provided with an alternative settlement to do their businesses.

According to them, the yet to be completed Kejetia project has brought about this development as majority of them who did business at the Kejetia bus terminal had to resort to doing business on that facility.
At the time of filing this report, Leaders of the traders were in a crunch meeting with Kumasi City authorities.

By : Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh