Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has cut the sod for work to begin on the first phase of a project meant to rehabilitate some inner-city roads in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, as well as provide auxiliary infrastructure in the regional capital.
The construction works will benefit six metropolitan and municipal areas, including the Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Tafo and Suame Municipalities. Manhyia, Bantama, Nhyiaeso and Subin, all sub-metros within Kumasi, would also benefit from this project.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the region at Kentenkrono-Nsenie, near Kumasi, on Friday, 13 December 2019, Dr Bawumia reiterated the government’s commitment to the provision of infrastructure across the country, including the Ashanti Region, saying: “We are not going to build Greenbook roads. These are real roads.”
“The development of the entire Ashanti Region, especially Kumasi and its environs, is very dear to the heart of President Akufo-Addo and his government. Today’s ceremony shows the commitment of the Government to improving the condition of the urban road network in Kumasi and the country at large.”
Other road works undertaken in the region since 2017 include the asphalt overlay of 70 km of a planned 200 km of roads within Kumasi, expected to be completed in 2020; minor upgrading and rehabilitation of 24 km of roads completed within Ejisu, Juaben, Ayigya and Effiduase.
“Various contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrading of roads in Buokrom, Kwadaso, Antoa, Effiduase and Ejisu are ongoing. Road works are also ongoing in Bekwai and Mampong.
“Procurement for 30 km of roads for the facelift of the Obuasi town, are ongoing. Under procurement also are minor rehabilitation of selected roads in Ejura, Mampong, Offinso and Konongo.
“Works on the Obuasi-Anwiankwanta Road is ongoing as well as the Mampong Kofiase road,” Dr Bawumia stated.
As well, the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project is 35% complete. Under this project, 2 km of the Sissai River is being lined and 3.5 km of the Lake road shall be widened to a 2×2 dual carriageway. In addition, a modern transport terminal shall be constructed at Atonsu. It is anticipated that a significant part of the works shall be completed by December 2020.
The region is also expected to benefit under the Sinohydro Project Phase 1.
“Under the Sinohydro Project Phase 1, Kumasi and Mampong shall benefit from 100km of road works. Works are expected to start in early 2020,” the Vice-President disclosed.
He assured the people that infrastructure, particularly roads, was very dear to the heart of the Akufo-Addo administration.
“The President has declared 2020 as the year of roads and commencement certificates to the tune of 6.6 billion cedis have been issued by the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to undertake the rehabilitation of critical roads throughout the country.”
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, hinted at plans to ensure stricter implementation of road construction contracts, to ensure that contractors are held responsible for shoddy works.
The government, for its part, will continually work to provide more roads across the country, the Vice-President pledged.