The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says he is determined to deliver on his promises regarding roads in the Western Region and the country at large.
President Akufo-Addo said this when he inspected the ongoing construction of the 3.5 kilometres of road from Ankyenyini to the Catholic Grotto at Egyam in the Ahanta West District as part of his two-day Western Regional tour.
“I have to take a look at the progress of road projects in the region. You are aware that every year I go around the country for this purpose but this year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted my plans, but I am here and the many things I promised to do on my last visit, I can see that work is progressing satisfactorily and very soon the tarring of roads across the region will begin.”
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta, who is also on President Akufo-Addo’s two-day tour of the Region said only 24 percent of the over 5,000 kilometres of roads in the Western Region have been paved.
Mr Amoako-Atta further added that some 80 different road projects are ongoing concurrently in the Western Region to help address the challenge.
“Out of this 5,289 identified kilometres of roads, only 24 percent of that has paved representing 1200 and I assure you that the rest will be done soon. There are many road projects ongoing in this region and there is a total of 80 road promises ongoing and they will be completed soon.”
Government will complete all ‘Year of Roads’ projects as planned The government had earlier promised that all road infrastructure projects currently underway in the country will be completed on schedule.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who gave the assurance, said the construction of the Pokuase and Tamale Interchanges, as well as many other projects across the country, affirm the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration’s commitment to improving Ghana’s road network.
Year of roads agenda
The government said its focus was on fixing roads across the country in 2020 and beyond.
To this end, it has declared 2020 as the year of roads.
Recently, most residents who have been outraged by poor roads have resorted to a series of protests to pile pressure on authorities to get their roads fixed.
Some say they will even boycott the 2020 elections if their deplorable roads are not fixed.