Roads Minister: all abandoned projects will be revisited Featured

By By Nana Yaw Dwamena December 03, 2019 2381 1150 comments

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, has announced that the government will revisit all abandoned road projects in the country.

Road construction is proceeding in earnest all 16 regions and 260 districts across the country, the Minister said.

Mr Amoako-Atta said that the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has therefore directed his ministry to release GHC2.2 billion, to be paid to contractors across the nation so that all abandoned projects can be revisited.

Bills paid

“The disbursement started a month ago and in ten days every contractor would have a substantial payment. Those we call ‘single man contractors’, who were crying, have all kept quiet because of the promise honoured to them.

All of them, with over 10,000 certificates, have been paid.

“We have done a lot under this government and also agree that we have a lot to do. The government is not leaving any stone unturned to work on roads because we need it for a sound and smooth development of the country, hence the declaration of 2020 as a ‘Year of Roads’,” Mr Amoako Atta said yesterday at Nsakina, where he joined President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the first day of his tour of the Greater Accra Region.

Build bridges

The Roads and Highways Minister added that the government is determined to ensure that most bridges in Accra and other regional capitals are built in a manner that befits their practical role and the cities’ status.

Mr Amoako-Atta also said that there is a special arrangement between his ministry and the Ministry of Finance to team up with the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to make their bridge-building expertise available across the country.

Can we have more?

Earlier, in Amanfrom, during a durbar organised by the chiefs and people of Ngleshi Amanfrom, the chief of the area, Nii Kwashie Gbolor IV, pleaded with the President to help resolve a boundary dispute between local people and neighbours in the Central Region.

“If possible, please bring the administrative boundary back to Greater Accra so we have our peace,” he said.

He commended the President for the good things he is doing for the people of Amanfrom and Bortianor, stressing: “We appreciate it but we are still looking forward for more.”

He also praised the President for putting the country back on track, declaring that even though the NPP government met an ailing economy, it has been able to manage the country’s affairs prudently.

The chief also said the local presence of at least two factories, under the One District, One Factory initiative, shows how the President is working for the people of Ghana.

President responds

Responding to the issue of a boundary dispute, President Akufo-Addo said his government will see to the settlement of the problem.

“We will see how best to resolve it. My main reason for the visit is to come and thank you. You listened to my candidate [Honourable Habib Saad] and you voted for him. You’ve all seen all the work he is doing. Please support him for 2020,” he said.

The President also asked the people to ensure that they protect the future of their wards by not voting back in the NDC, which is determined to cancel the Free SHS programme.

During his tour, the President commissioned a newly erected three-storey court complex at Frafraha. He also launched the Madina Zongo Astroturf.

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