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Mallam footbridge is disability friendly

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express

A recent media publication which suggested that the newly constructed footbridge at the Mallam market in the Ga South Municipality is not disability friendly is false, Daily Express can confirm.
                                                             Mallam Footbridge
A visit to the recently commissioned footbridge at the Mallam market shows that persons with disability and the aged can have access to the footbridge. The footbridge has a walking way where persons with disability on wheel or with crouches can have access.

When contacted, officials from Urban Road told Daily Express that they took into consideration of the kind of people who will have access to the bridge. “It is a standard footbridge which is currently being constructed on hazardous roads in the country,’ Daily Express was told.

“The place is close to one of the biggest markets in the country and it’s also a very busy area too, so we expect all manner of people to use the footbridge. We did consider all these before putting up this bridge,” one senior official told Daily Express.

Mr. Jerry Acquaye Thompson, the Ga South Municipal Chief Executive expressed delight about the newly constructed footbridge. “This will prevent the occasional accidents we have been witnessing at the market joint,” he added.

Recently, the Network of Journalist for the Promotion of the right Persons with Disabilities in Africa (PROMOAFRICA), a disability movement in Ghana condemned the Ghana Government for being insensibility towards persons with disabilities, concerning the newly constructed Mallam footbridge that has no disability access.

A statement issued by PROMOAFRICA and signed by the President, Mr. Seth Amoah Kwaku Addi said the group “has sunk into the deep grief of sadness by the inability to factor the needs of persons with disabilities and the aged in this advance age by the Government of Ghana in the construction of the footbridge at Mallam Atta, one of the busiest highways in Accra.”

“This unbelievable omission by a government that prides itself in believe of social democracy has given a deep pain to PROMOAFRICA and the disability movement in Ghana,” it added.

The statement continued that “this deliberate omission clearly demonstrates that the government of Ghana, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), policy makers and society in general has no interest about issues and wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities.”

“This level of insensibility shown by the government will have a devastating effect on mostly persons with disabilities, senior citizens, children, and pregnant women,” the group alleged.

The footbridge is one of four footbridges being constructed on hazardous roads in the country, at a cost of €7.8 million secured through a grant from the Austrian Government.


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