By Maxwell Nkansah
The Ministry of Roads and Highways said he might deploy officers of the 48th Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to the Upper West Region to help create alternative access routes for residents suffering under the effects of recent floods.
Speaking to the media in response to calls by Former President John Dramani Mahama in Wa for the deployment of the military regiment, the sector minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, said the officers will be brought in when the need arises.
According to him the call is not out of place at all. The spread of the floodwater is so extensive that there is virtually no space for creating diversions in terms of the road. So I want to assure them that their call is a relevant one and should it become necessary that we call on the 48th Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to come and assist, it will be done,” he said.
The Minority Caucus in the Upper West Region made the call for the deployment of the 48th Engineer Regiment to assist in the creation of alternative routes in the region.
The spokesperson of the Minority Caucus, Dr Sebastian Sandaare, in making the demand said the deployment of the officers would help bring some relief to the residents.
The opposition party the NDC caucus and representatives of the people of the Upper West Region in Parliament are calling on the relevant authorities to take urgent remedial action to deal with the misfortune that has befallen our kinsmen.
Dr Sebastian Sandare recommend that the Ministry of Roads and Highways should liaise with the Ministry of Defense to as a matter of urgency deploys the 48th Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces in the region to create temporary access routes while efforts are made to rehabilitate the roads and bridges.